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‘We became British aliens’: Kindertransport refugees narrating the discovery of their parents’ fates

‘We became British aliens’: Kindertransport refugees narrating the discovery of their parents’ fates
‘We became British aliens’: Kindertransport refugees narrating the discovery of their parents’ fates

This article utilizes a thick description to explore the post-war lives of Kindertransport refugees. In particular, it examines the spatial dimension of discovery: how the Kinder learnt of their parents’ murders or were reunited with them following years of separation. The article argues that distance and proximity are key to how the Kinder frame these difficult memories. While the parents may be absent in the public memorials dedicated to a redemptive portrayal of the scheme, they are certainly present within the Kinder’s own narratives. And it is these narratives we need to be more attuned to.

difficult stories, distance, families, Kindertransport, oral history, proximity
1750-4902
395-417
McDonald, Chad
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McDonald, Chad
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McDonald, Chad (2018) ‘We became British aliens’: Kindertransport refugees narrating the discovery of their parents’ fates. Holocaust Studies, 24 (4), 395-417. (doi:10.1080/17504902.2018.1428784).

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This article utilizes a thick description to explore the post-war lives of Kindertransport refugees. In particular, it examines the spatial dimension of discovery: how the Kinder learnt of their parents’ murders or were reunited with them following years of separation. The article argues that distance and proximity are key to how the Kinder frame these difficult memories. While the parents may be absent in the public memorials dedicated to a redemptive portrayal of the scheme, they are certainly present within the Kinder’s own narratives. And it is these narratives we need to be more attuned to.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 31 January 2018
Published date: 2 October 2018
Keywords: difficult stories, distance, families, Kindertransport, oral history, proximity

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Local EPrints ID: 432059
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/432059
ISSN: 1750-4902
PURE UUID: 0d4b3c4d-b6f2-4265-9d7d-95a7f95ca6fa

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Date deposited: 28 Jun 2019 16:30
Last modified: 07 Oct 2020 00:38

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