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Seminar – The Kindertransport: Contesting memory

November 21, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

“Seminar by Dr Jennifer Craig-Norton (University of Southampton)

The 80th anniversary of the Kindertransport is a fitting time to reflect on the programme and reassess the ways in which it has been remembered in this country. The enduring narrative of the Kindertransport as a heroic response that rescued and saved 10,000 predominantly Jewish youngsters under the age of seventeen has reappeared in the national conversation in the context of current refugee crises. Utilising rare archival evidence from Kindertransportees’ case files as well as testimonial sources, this lecture will seek to explore the ways in which the dominant celebratory narrative of the Kindertransport fails to encompass the entire scope of the Kinder and their families’ actual experiences. In contesting the memory of the Kindertransport as an unequivocal act of altruism on the part of the British nation and people, the lecture will also explore the ways in which it is a misreading of the Kindertransport to hold it up as a model response to humanitarian crises involving children.”

Organizer

Refugee Studies Centre
Phone:
01865 281728
Email:
rsc-outreach@qeh.ox.ac.uk
Website:
https://www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/

Venue

Seminar Room 1, Oxford Department of International Development
3 Mansfield Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3TB
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Organizer

Refugee Studies Centre
Phone:
01865 281728
Email:
rsc-outreach@qeh.ox.ac.uk
Website:
https://www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/

Venue

Seminar Room 1, Oxford Department of International Development
3 Mansfield Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3TB
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