Vladimír Ležák-Borin: Cold War warrior

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Persian, Jayne. 2017. "Vladimír Ležák-Borin: Cold War warrior." Baker, Dallas John, Brien, Donna Lee and Sulway, Nike (ed.) Recovering history through fact and fiction: forgotten lives. Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. 78-87
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Vladimír Ležák-Borin: Cold War warrior

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID1417
Book TitleRecovering history through fact and fiction: forgotten lives
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AuthorPersian, Jayne
EditorsBaker, Dallas John, Brien, Donna Lee and Sulway, Nike
Page Range78-87
Chapter Number7
Number of Pages10
Year2017
PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing
Place of PublicationNewcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
ISBN9781527503250
Web Address (URL)http://www.cambridgescholars.com/recovering-history-through-fact-and-fiction
Abstract

Vladimir Ležák Borin was a post-war enigma, a Czech migrant to Australia who was much more than he seemed. Arriving at the tail end of the post-war Displaced Persons (DP) Scheme, through which more than 170,000 Central and Eastern Europeans arrived in Australia as International Refugee Organisation-sponsored refugees, Borin was described by contemporaries as a 'fraud' and of the 'political underworld' (Richards 1978, 11). Borin’s somewhat convoluted journeys, both political and geographical, tells us something of the life of the politically elite, and active, displaced person. Exploring the life story of on an outlier of the DP Scheme in Australia, this chapter will focus on Borin’s life story as a type of micro-history, or even a foray into speculative biography, in order to tease out broader themes.

Keywordsdisplaced persons, migration history, Cold War, Czech, Australia
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020430302. Australian history
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Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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