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A Campaign to Save the World's Refugees: World Refugee Year 1959-60

This talk explores the politics of the World Refugee Year, 1959-60, and its broader significance then and now

The UN campaign for World Refugee Year (1959-1960) was an ambitious attempt by Western governments to increase public awareness of enduring refugee crises fifteen years after the end of the Second World War and to identify the possibilities for resettlement or local 'integration' to improve the lives of refugees around the world. Politicians who backed WRY had their eyes fixed firmly on the present, but the campaign was infused with awareness of the recent past. This talk explores the politics and the public relations of the campaign and its broader significance then and now.


Prof Peter Gatrell | talks


Date and Time:

19 June 2013 at 6:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide
29 Russell Square
020 7636 7247

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