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Nearly the New World: The British West Indies and the Flight from Nazism, 1933–1945

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Nearly the New World

The British West Indies and the Flight from Nazism, 1933–1945

Joanna Newman

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


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Description

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 Secretary General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (www.acu.ac.uk) and a Senior Research Fellow in the history department at King’s College London. She was Vice Principal (International) at King’s College London and a Commonwealth Trust Commissioner and was awarded an MBE for services to British higher education in 2014. She is a regular speaker on issues relating to higher education and internationalization.

Subject: Jewish Studies Genocide Studies WWII History
Area: Europe



Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments

Introduction

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

Epilogue

Short Biographies of the Main Protagonists
Select Bibliography
Index

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