National and Transnational Memories of the Kindertransport
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284 Pages

22.8 x 15.2 cm

15 b/w illus.

Series: Dialogue and Disjunction: Studies in Jewish German Literature, Culture & Thought

Series Vol. Number: 12

Imprint: Camden House

National and Transnational Memories of the Kindertransport

Exhibitions, Memorials, and Commemorations

by Amy Williams and William Niven

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The first transnational study of the memory of the Kindertransport and the first to explore how it is represented in museums, memorials, and commemorations.

The Kindertransport, the rescue of ca. 10,000 Jewish children from the Nazi sphere of control and influence before the Second World War, has often been framed as a "British story." This book recognizes that even though most of the "Kinder" were initially brought to the UK and many stayed, it was more than that. It therefore compares British memory of the Kindertransport to that of other host nations (the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand). It is the first book to ask how the Kindertransport is remembered both in the countries of origin, particularly Germany, and in the host nations, as well as the first to analyze how it is represented in museums, memorials, and commemorations. Seeing memory of the Kindertransport in the host nations and in Germany as significantly different, the study argues that the different national memory discourses around the Nazi persecution of Jews shape the respective countries' images of the Kindertransport, and that those images in turn shape the discourses - especially in Britain. Yet while national memory frameworks remain crucial to how the Kindertransport is remembered, the book also documents the increasing significance of transnational memory trends that link the host nations with each other and with the countries from which the children originated.
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: Kindertransport Memory and Representation

1: British Memory of the Kindertransport

2: American and Canadian Memories of the Kindertransport

3: Memories of the Kindertransport in Australia and New Zealand

4: German Memory of the Kindertransport

Conclusion

Bibliography

Index

AMY WILLIAMS holds a PhD in History from Nottingham Trent University, UK

BILL NIVEN is Professor Emeritus of History at Nottingham Trent University, UK

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Title Details

284 Pages

2.28 x 1.52 cm

15 b/w illus.

Series: Dialogue and Disjunction: Studies in Jewish German Literature, Culture & Thought

Series Vol. Number: 12

Imprint: Camden House