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Picking Up the Pieces from Portugal to Palestine : Quaker Refugee Relief in World War II - W. Howard Wriggins

Picking Up the Pieces from Portugal to Palestine

Quaker Refugee Relief in World War II

Paperback Published: 28th June 2004
ISBN: 9780761827979
Number Of Pages: 239

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As a conscientious objector prior to World War II, author Howard Wriggins joined the American Friends Service Committee, a non-governmental organization that, with its British counterpart, would receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 1947 for their many years of refugee relief work. A young idealist who left his graduate studies in political science to assist refugees fleeing Hitler's madness, Wriggins batted out daily letters on an ancient Underwood portable to describe the cruel events he witnessed. He shares his experiences as he came to know numberless refugees and prisoners in Portugal, internees in Algiers, Yugoslavs fleeing in transport ships, refugees and Vatican officials in Italy, anguished French colleagues after years of Occupation, and Palestinians jammed into Gaza camps. Wriggins reviewed these letters five decades later after he retired from Columbia University as the Bryce Professor of the History of International Relations. In them he discovered a world far from the market-driven prosperity and political peace Europe enjoys today. Professor Wriggins has used his letters to tell a riveting personal story about the horrors of governmental persecution and a war to end it, in the midst of which idealism nevertheless persisted.

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Howard Wriggins has done a splendid job.--Margaret Bacon "Friends Journal "

Portugal, 1942-1943 Refugee Casework and Migration
Preparationp. 3
Lisbon: Refugee Assistancep. 15
Servicing Quaker Activities in France and Spainp. 35
Allied Landings and Lisbon Lifep. 45
Refugee Responses to Adversityp. 57
Algeria and Egypt, 1943-1944 Refugees and Internees
Spanish Refugees, Vichy Internees and Libyansp. 61
Egypt: Yugoslave Refugeesp. 77
Italy, 1944-1945 Stateless Refugee Services and Rebuilding Abruzzi Villages
IGCR/AFSC Joint Program For Stateless Refugeesp. 95
Village Reconstruction in the Abruzzi Mountainsp. 111
France, 1945-1946 Spanish and Stateless Refugees and Normandy Reconstruction
The Paris Headquarters and Programp. 129
Visits to French Quaker Delegationsp. 139
Life in Paris: The Day-to Day Perspectivep. 149
Changing Prioritiesp. 161
Geneva and Gaza, 1948-1949 Palestine Refugees
Palestine Refugees in Gazap. 175
Return to Gazap. 195
Afterwordp. 204
Historical Background to Chapter 14p. 207
Organizations and Acronymsp. 210
Historical Context: Brief Chronologyp. 215
Endnotesp. 218
Bibliographyp. 227
About the Authorp. 232
Indexp. 23
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ISBN: 9780761827979
ISBN-10: 0761827978
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 239
Published: 28th June 2004
Publisher: University Press of America
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.67 x 11.53  x 1.45
Weight (kg): 0.3

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