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British Policy and the Refugees, 1933-1941 - Yvonne Kapp

British Policy and the Refugees, 1933-1941

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In the summer of 1940, when much of Europe had fallen under German domination, the British authorities instigated a harsh programme of internment or deportation of large numbers of people who had fled from Nazi oppression. This volume, written the same year - at a time when the role and the fate of the refugees was a burning issue - is a devastating critique of government policies of the day. As committed Communists the two women authors, like the refugees they were championing, had been badly affected by the hardening in British official policy; they were dismissed from the leading positions they held in the government-sponsored Czech Refugee Trust Fund in an 'apparently isolated instance of victimisation' which 'was subsequently seen to be merely a prelude to the wholesale arrest of the refugees themselves'. This work contrasts the official attitudes to foreigners and Jews with the generosity of the general public, and makes a distinct contribution, firstly, to the literature of internment and deportation and, secondly to the study of German-speaking refugees in Britain in the years leading up to mass alien internment.

1996 Forewordp. ix
1968 Forewordp. xxvii
Introductionp. xxxi
The Refugee Era
Exodusp. 3
Who and what the refugees are
Why and how they fled
Regulations governing entry and sojourn
The Refugees and the British Publicp. 35
The right of asylum
Significance of the nationwide network of refugee relief committees
Public responsibility as a substitute for government action
The Refugees in Exilep. 47
The principle of refugee representation
French and British pre-Munich attitudes to refugees compared
Types of refugees
The Doors Closep. 67
The Refugee Problem in Wartime
The Early Monthsp. 75
New regulations
The Army and employment
Tribunals
Worsening of conditions
The Right of Asylum Lostp. 99
Significance of anti-refugee campaign
Internment
Deportations
Releases
What Use Are the Refugees?p. 145
Indexp. 151
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ISBN: 9780714647975
ISBN-10: 0714647977
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 28th June 2005
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1