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Nearly the New World
The British West Indies and the Flight from Nazism, 1933–1945
340 pages, 7 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78920-333-2 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Not Yet Published (September 2019)
eISBN 978-1-78920-334-9 eBook Not Yet Published
In the years leading up to the Second World War, increasingly desperate European Jews looked to far-flung destinations such as Barbados, Trinidad, and Jamaica in search of refuge from the horrors of Hitler’s Europe. Nearly the New World tells the extraordinary story of Jewish refugees who overcame persecution and sought safety in the West Indies from the 1930s through the end of the war. At the same time, it gives an unsparing account of the xenophobia and bureaucratic infighting that nearly prevented their rescue—and that helped to seal the fate of countless other European Jews for whom escape was never an option.
Joanna Newman is the Vice Principal (International) and a lecturer in the history department at King’s College London. She is also a Commonwealth Trust Commissioner and was awarded an MBE for services to British higher education in 2014. A regular speaker on issues relating to higher education and internationalization, her writing has appeared in the European edition of the Wall Street Journal and The Guardian.
Subject: Jewish Studies Genocide Studies WWII History
List of Illustrations
Chapter 1. The Contextual Drivers: The British West Indies, the Colonial Office and Jewish Refugee Organisations
PART I: CONFRONTING THE NEED FOR REFUGE
Chapter 2. Jews Seeking Refuge, 1933–1938
Chapter 3. Panic Migration: The British West Indies And The Refugee Crisis Of 1938/39
PART II: CONFRONTING THE NEED FOR RESCUE
Chapter 4. Boat People
Chapter 5. Internment, Camps and Missed Opportunities
Short Biographies of the Main Protagonists
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