Fascists in Exile: Post-War Displaced Persons in Australia

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Persian, Jayne. 2023. Fascists in Exile: Post-War Displaced Persons in Australia. United Kingdom. Routledge.
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Fascists in Exile: Post-War Displaced Persons in Australia

Book CategoryAuthored book
ERA Publisher ID3137
AuthorsPersian, Jayne
Number of Pages192
SeriesRoutledge Studies in Fascism and the Far Right
Year2023
PublisherRoutledge
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISBN9780367696962
9780429276880
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429276880
Web Address (URL)https://www.routledge.com/Fascists-in-Exile-Post-War-Displaced-Persons-in-Australia/Persian/p/book/9780367696962
Abstract

Fascists in Exile tells the extraordinary story of the war criminals, collaborators and fascist ultranationalists who were resettled in Australia by the International Refugee Organisation between 1947 and 1952.

It explores the far-right backgrounds and continuing political activism of these displaced persons in Australia, adding to our knowledge of the development of Australian anti-communism in the 1950s. These individuals argued that they had been caught between National Socialism and Soviet communism. What might that have meant for their migration and resettlement trajectories? Beyond ‘Nazi-hunting,’ what can this tell us about the challenge they posed to international and national forms, both in Europe and in Australia? This book demonstrates that fascist ideation could not only survive the war’s end but that it continued to be transnational and transcultural. At the same time, anti-fascist protests and then the war crimes investigations of the late 1980s exposed problematic pasts, a legacy with which Australia is still reckoning.

The text will appeal to those with an interest in the far right, Australian migration and refugee issues.

Keywordsdisplaced persons; war criminals; fascism; second world war; history
Contains Sensitive ContentDoes not contain sensitive content
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020430302. Australian history
430308. European history (excl. British, classical Greek and Roman)
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