Victims of Stalin and Hitler: The Exodus of Poles and Balts to Britain

Victims of Stalin and Hitler: The Exodus of Poles and Balts to Britain

by T. Lane
     
 
In contemporary Britain there are substantial ethnic minorities of Polish and Baltic origin, who arrived here shortly after World War II. Using official records and the words of survivors and their children, the author explores the reasons for their savage uprooting at the hands of Stalin and Hitler, their subsequent odysseys, and the reasons for their resettlement in

Overview

In contemporary Britain there are substantial ethnic minorities of Polish and Baltic origin, who arrived here shortly after World War II. Using official records and the words of survivors and their children, the author explores the reasons for their savage uprooting at the hands of Stalin and Hitler, their subsequent odysseys, and the reasons for their resettlement in Britain. This is a study of totalitarianism, political asylum, and the relationship of ethnic minorities to the host society, combining first-hand accounts with historical analysis.

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From the Publisher

'This book is a fascinating history of the Polish and Baltic communities who arrived in the United Kingdom shortly after the Second World War. The author relies on interviews with elderly members of these communities and on documents from the Public Record Office. It was perhaps the last opportunity to obtain these important oral histories and Lane is the first British researcher to do so.' - International Affairs

'Its originality lies in the author's ability to weave personal stories into the otherwise dry facts concerning population movements. In this respect, the book becomes an inspiring social history.' - A.J Prazmowska, European History Quarterly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403932204
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date:
09/30/2004
Edition description:
2004
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.03(d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Lane was formerly Head of the Department of European Studies and founder member of the Baltic Research Unit, University of Bradford.

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