EXILE News

The Dynamics of Forced Female Migration from Czechoslovakia to Britain, 1938-1950

Tuesday 3 September 2019
The study of Czechoslovak women refugees in Britain is noticeably missing from current research and Anglo-Czechoslovak historiography. This book by Jana Barbora Buresova explores the diverse experiences, dilemmas and contributions to Britain of these women within a socio-political context, commencing with the 1938 Munich Agreement that precipitated exile.

Applied Arts in British Exile from 1933

Wednesday 8 May 2019
The investigation which began with Arts in Exile in Britain 1933-45 (2004) is continued in the latest volume of the Yearbook of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Studies .

Professor Andrea Reiter (1957-2018)

Monday 26 November 2018
With the untimely death of our colleague Professor Andrea Reiter after a long illness courageously borne, the Research Centre for German & Austrian Exile Studies at the IMLR has lost a much valued and respected member. Andrea was a member of our committee for over ten years. She never stinted in travelling to London from Southampton, where she taught at the University, to attend events and meetings held by the Research Centre, and she contributed fully to its activities.

Kindertransport hard to describe as a success

Thursday 22 November 2018
In her latest article Kindertransport expert Andrea Hammel argues that the programme that was to save the lives of 10,000 children should not be seen as the unmitigated success it is often portrayed. In online magazine  The Conversation (22 November 2018), she outlines the heavy price paid by the child refugees who came over in the transports just before the start of WW2. 

Encounters with Albion

Thursday 30 August 2018
While much has been written about British attitudes to the Jewish refugees from Hitler who fled to this country after 1933, little attention has been paid to the ways in which those refugees perceived and depicted their (often somewhat reluctant) hosts. From their impressions on arrival, through the tumultuous events of World War II and mass internment, and on into the long period of integration after 1945, Anthony Grenville expertly traces the development of refugee responses to their new homeland.

Re-Educating German POWs after WW2

Monday 2 July 2018
At the end of WWII there were over 400,000 German POWs housed in 1,500 camps throughout the UK. Some were very young and had received their education under the Nazi system. To enable them to take their place in a democratic post-war Germany re-education was necessary. Some 200 lecturers travelled the length and breadth of the country to lecture in the camps and prepare the prisoners for civilian life. 

Winner of 2018-19 Miller Visiting Fellowship Competition Announced

Thursday 21 June 2018
Cole Collins has been awarded a Martin Miller and Hannah Norbert-Miller Visiting Fellowship for 2018-19. Currently in the final stages of his PhD research at the University of Edinburgh, Cole Collins will be based at the Research Centre for German & Austrian Exile Studies at the Institute from February until May 2019, during which time he will conduct research into the representations of women in a British context in the collages of Kurt Schwitters.

Foreign Parts

Saturday 30 September 2017
How British was the British theatre during and after the Second World War? Richard Dove's new book,  Foreign Parts: German and Austrian Actors on the British Stage 1933-1960 ,  offers a case study in Anglo-German relations in the theatre. It  tells the unique story of five German-speaking actors who, after arriving as refugees from Nazi Germany, made the transition to the British stage in a period of heightened nationalism before and during World War II.

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