Oral histories of displaced persons: what for? The story like mine's plenty now

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Persian, Jayne. 2019. "Oral histories of displaced persons: what for? The story like mine's plenty now." Darian-Smith, Kate and Hamilton, Paula (ed.) Remembering migration: oral histories and heritage in Australia. Switzerland. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 29-46
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Oral histories of displaced persons: what for? The story like mine's plenty now

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID2865
Book TitleRemembering migration: oral histories and heritage in Australia
Authors
AuthorPersian, Jayne
EditorsDarian-Smith, Kate and Hamilton, Paula
Page Range29-46
SeriesPalgrave Macmillan Memory Studies
Chapter Number3
Number of Pages18
Year2019
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
ISBN9783030177508
9783030177515
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-17751-5_3
Web Address (URL)https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-17751-5_3
Abstract

This chapter takes as its subject the memories of the 170,000 displaced persons (DPs)—predominantly Central and Eastern Europeans—who arrived in Australia as International Refugee Organization (IRO)-sponsored refugees between 1947 and 1952. In recent decades, the emergent fields of social and oral histories have brought these stories into the public domain. This chapter focuses on the utility of oral histories to the displaced persons themselves, how oral histories add to historical understandings of migration and the place of oral history in accessing emotion, particularly in the transmission of family memory.

Keywordsdisplaced persons, memory, oral history, migration, Australia, interviewing, World War II, post war
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020430302. Australian history
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Byline AffiliationsSchool of Humanities and Communication
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
Funding source
Australian Research Council (ARC)
Grant ID
DP160101528
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