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Beautiful balts : from displaced persons to new Australians / Jayne Persian.

Publication | Not Digitized | Library Call Number: DU122.E87 P47 2017

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    170,000 Displaced Persons arrived in Australia between 1947 and 1952 - the first non-Anglo-Celtic mass migrants. Australia's first immigration minister, Arthur Calwell, scoured post-war Europe for refugees, Displaced Persons he characterised as `Beautiful Balts'. Amid the hierarchies of the White Australia Policy, the tensions of the Cold War and the national need for labour, these people would transform not only Australia's immigration policy, but the country itself. Beautiful Balts tells the extraordinary story of these Displaced Persons. It traces their journey from the chaotic camps of Europe after World War II to a new life in a land of opportunity where prejudice, parochialism, and strident anti-communism were rife. Drawing from archives, oral history interviews and literature generated by the Displaced Persons themselves, Persian investigates who they really were, why Australia wanted them and what they experienced.
    Format
    Book
    Author/Creator
    Persian, Jayne, author.
    Published
    Sydney, N.S.W. NewSouth Publishing, 2017
    Locale
    Australia
    Australien
    Contents
    Introduction
    Deserving victims
    'Chifley liked them blond'
    'A hot Siberia'
    'New Australians'
    Inside the Cold War
    Conclusion: Memory and multiculturalism.
    Notes
    Includes index.
    Introduction -- Deserving victims -- 'Chifley liked them blond' -- 'A hot Siberia' -- 'New Australians' -- Inside the Cold War -- Conclusion: Memory and multiculturalism.

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    Language
    English
    ISBN
    9781742234854
    1742234852
    Physical Description
    250 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour), portraits (some colour) ; 21 cm.

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