Culture & History Digital Journal, Vol 8, No 2 (2019)

Fractured Childhoods, Identities in Transit: Humanitarian Aid for Central European Refugees from the United Kingdom

Magdalena Garrido Caballero
Universidad de Murcia. Dpto. Historia Moderna, Contemporánea, de América, del Pensamiento y los Movimientos Sociales y Políticos, Spain


The aim of this study is to address the situation of one of the most vulnerable social collectives: Central European refugee children and youths who fled the territories occupied by the Third Reich, thanks to the help provided by large number of private or public organizations, which resulted in the reception of about ten thousand refugees in the United Kingdom at the beginning of World War II. To this end, diverse documents have been analysed from archives such as The National Archive and The British Library, in order to learn more about this human drama and its impact upon international politics, as well as the role played by the British Government.


Refugees; Humanitarian aid; Europe; International Relations; Testimonies; Cultural identity; 20th century history

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