Refuge and the Fortress: Britain and the Flight from Tyranny [NOOK Book]

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Prejudice against asylum seekers is not new. It echoes much of the rhetoric that greeted Jewish refugees from Tsarist pogroms at the turn of the 20th century and those escaping Hitler in the 1930s. Yet this only tells half the story. As well as xenophobia, rejection and hostility, the British continue to show a characteristic generosity and kindness towards those who have suffered cruelty and injustice. Through the direct testimonies of refugees and their descendants over the past 75 years, The Refuge and the ...
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Overview

Prejudice against asylum seekers is not new. It echoes much of the rhetoric that greeted Jewish refugees from Tsarist pogroms at the turn of the 20th century and those escaping Hitler in the 1930s. Yet this only tells half the story. As well as xenophobia, rejection and hostility, the British continue to show a characteristic generosity and kindness towards those who have suffered cruelty and injustice. Through the direct testimonies of refugees and their descendants over the past 75 years, The Refuge and the Fortress unravels these apparent contradictions, giving us an insight into the elusive quality of what it means to be British, a question which is now at the centre of intense social and political debate.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230262089
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 11/12/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

JEREMY SEABROOK is a former teacher, social worker, jourbanalist and playwright, contributor to the Guardian, New Internationalist and the Statesman in Kolkata. He is the author of 40 books, dealing with social and economic justice and international development. Among the most recent are Children of Other Worlds (child labour), Travels in the Sex Trade (sex tourism), Love in a Different Climate (same-sex relationships, India), Consuming Cultures,( globalization and local lives).

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations viii

Foreword Jon Snow ix

Acknowledgements xi

A Note on the Text xiii

Introduction 1

1 Academic Refugees 5

Why it matters 5

Threats to independence 8

Past, present and future 9

The outspoken and the silent 12

2 Then 13

Leo Szilard 13

'Racial pollution' and the search for saviours 15

The British response 17

The inter-war years and government dilemmas 20

Growing pressures: foreign arrivals, British reactions 22

The spectre of public opinion 26

A very British rescue mission 28

The flight from Nazism 31

Entering, adapting, achieving, giving 34

Max Perutz 41

Max Born 43

Hans Krebs 45

Sir Nikolaus Pevsner 47

Karl Popper 49

Klaus Fuchs 51

The Warburg Institute and Ernst Gombrich 53

Other institutions 56

The industrialists 57

The economists and Adolph Lowe 58

Victims of prejudice - the medical refugees 59

Ludwig Guttmann 62

Britain as a clearing-house 63

National insecurities reflected in the AAC 66

The pain of exile 69

Ernst Chain 71

Intellectual bequests 73

More humble emigres 76

The Kindertransport 79

Those who failed 86

Internment 88

Helping hands 94

The aftermath 97

3 Until 103

Eastern Europe 103

Hungary and Czechoslovakia 103

SPSL in transition 106

South America 107

The role of the World University Service 107

Luis Munoz, Chile 108

Lucia Munoz, Chile 112

Marta Zabaleta, Argentina and Chile 114

The influence of the Chileans on Britain 123

Southern Africa 125

Albie Sachs, South Africa 125

Mbulelo Mzamane, South Africa 130

Jack Mapanje, Malawi 134

West and north Africa 138

Gideon Kempunga, Ghana 138

Kuyok Abol Kuyok, Sudan 142

Abdissalam Issa-Salwe,Somalia 146

Towards the present 150

4 Now 153

'The world has changed' 153

The spectre of elitism 155

Why academics flee 156

The Arab world 157

Muktar, Iraq 157

Sabreen, Iraq; the unintentional dissident 159

Layla Almariya, Libya 161

Latefa Guemar, Algeria 163

Africa 166

Joseph Ndalou, Cameroon 166

Matthew Douara, Cameroon 169

Laurent Mpinde, Republic of Congo 172

Immanuel Samere, Eritrea 173

Tirfe Etana, Ethiopia 177

Victor Abano, Sudan 180

The Caucusus, Iran, Central Asia and the Far East 183

Ruslan Isaev, Chechnya 183

Darius Zemani, Iran 187

Behzad Mehrzad, Tajikistan 190

Abdul Lalzad, Afghanistan 192

Hua Chan, China 194

The journey to safety 196

Escape routes 196

The encounter with Britain - snapshots 203

Refugees and the other Britain 215

Conclusion 226

Notes 229

Bibliography 234

Appendices 237

Index 251

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