This talk focuses on Jewish refugees who travelled to Japan, and who in the process often made journeys covering multiple countries across land and sea. For example, many Jews who arrived in Kobe, a city in Japan, in the early 1940s arrived via Poland, Lithuania, and the Soviet Union, having used the Trans-Siberian railway and sea travel to cross multiple borders.
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PhD and a Cup of Tea: Reconfiguring Humanitarianism in the Margins of Empire – Displacement and Relief in Turkestan, 1914-1924
During the First World War, nearly 300.000 refugees and prisoners of war were displaced to Turkestan, which brought the local population into direct contact with a conflict that was being waged thousands of miles away in Russia’s Western borderlands and on the Caucasus front. After the end of the war and the collapse of the Russian Empire, Central Asia once again became host to refugees fleeing catastrophe in Soviet Russia. In 1921, when famine struck the Volga region, the Soviet government transported thousands of people to remote parts of the nascent USSR.
PhD and a Cup of Tea: Reading Novels on the Cattle Cars: American Humanitarian Relief in the Internment Camps of Unoccupied France, 1940-42
During the Second World War, a coalition of international aid organizations provided important humanitarian aid to the Jewish and non-Jewish internees in the internment camps of Unoccupied France from 1939 onward. That humanitarian aid extended through the summer and autumn of 1942, when the deportations to Auschwitz via Drancy began.
PhD and a Cup of Tea: From Victimized to Victorious: The Marxist and Zionist Choreographies of Yehudit Arnon, in the Framework of Hashomer Hatzair Zionist Youth Movement in Hungary in the Immediate Post-War Period
For her doctoral dissertation Gdalit Neuman researched the earliest dance repertoire of Israel’s Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company’s founding artistic director, the late Yehudit Arnon, in the framework of Hashomer Hatzair Zionist youth movement in Hungary in the immediate post-war period.
Virtual PhD and a Cup of Tea: Letters as People: Emotion and Information in the Correspondence of German-Jewish Refugees from Nazism 1933-45
Charlie Knight is a Postgraduate Researcher at the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations at the University of Southampton. He is funded by the Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarship in the Humanities for his research into German-Jewish refugees from Nazism in Britain.
We are pleased to announce a new seminar series ‘Humanitarianism, Refugees, and the Holocaust’, which will run throughout the 2023/2024 academic year.
Virtual PhD and a Cup of Tea: Franziska Lamp, Controlling Female Bodies: Resettlement Procedures in Refugee Camps in Postwar Austria
Franziska Lamp is currently working as a project researcher at the Department of Contemporary History of the University of Vienna (Austria) and is doing her PhD as part of a larger project on the negotiation of migration regimes in post-war Austria and beyond.
Virtual PhD and a Cup of Tea: Holocaust or Indifference? The history of the Ethiopian Jews under Italian fascist rule
Within the context of the fascist conquest of Ethiopia, the history of the Ethiopian Jews, the Beta Israel, is significant. After the arrival of Italian troops in the 1930s, the Jewish group, which has always been divided by the Christian majority, gained special treatment. However, the regime’s attitude towards them changed due to the 1938 racial laws.
Madeline Vadkerty is a Samuel P. Mandell Fellow at Gratz College (Philadelphia, USA) in its Holocaust and Genocide studies doctoral program. Originally from the US, she lives in Bratislava, Slovakia, where she conducts Holocaust-related research at the Slovak National Archive.
Virtual PhD and a Cup of Tea: Tottenham Hotspur and the Y-Word: The Contested Meanings of (Anti-)Antisemitism in Football
In February 2022, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club launched its “The WhY Word” campaign, which is calling on the fans to discontinue using the term “Yid.” Based on the analysis of numerous primary sources, interviews, and on-site research, this presentation seeks to understand the various perspectives on and the contested meanings of the term in the context of Tottenham Hotspur FC and the local fan culture.