This rich collection makes it possible for researchers to unravel the complex history of forced migration in the twentieth century at every level, from the logistical details concerning the migration and resettlement of those in flight to the political challenges presented during and after the war. Documentation offers a first-hand record of the response of governments to various crises and shifts in policy; a chronicling of the aid work undertaken by NGOs and charities seeking to provide relief and aid in resettlement; and a recognition through individual narratives of the daily reality of the refugee experience. This archive enables researchers to examine not only the plight of those forced to resettle inside and outside their national borders, but also the many types of refugee situations that arose, from voluntary evacuations and the internment of individuals in displaced person (DP) camps to whole population transfers and the return of forced labourers.
Refugees, Relief and Resettlement: Forced Migration and World War II includes many historical records from the World Jewish Relief (WJR), a collection of documents that the Library chiefly has on microfilm. Gratis online access was kindly provided due to the generous support of Paul Anticoni, Executive Director of the World Jewish Relief, who negotiated access to the Library. There has been a long-standing, close and historic relationship between the WJR and the Library.
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