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Author Molnar, Christopher A., author
Title Memory, politics, and Yugoslav migrations to postwar Germany / Christopher A. Molnar
Imprint Bloomington, IN : Indiana University Press, [2018]
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 Modern History Library  325.497043 M726    AVAILABLE    30550100679420
Descript xv, 235 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-225) and index
Introduction -- Communities of victims: Croatian Émigrés and Germans in the 1950s -- History on trial: migration, political violence, and memories of World War II -- Second-class refugees: the West German-Yugoslav migration regime and the asylum problem -- Imagining Yugoslavs: from communist agents to ambassadors of peace -- The return of the nation: Bosnian refugees in the new Germany -- Epilogue
During Europe's 2015 refugee crisis, more than a hundred thousand asylum seekers from the western Balkans sought refuge in Germany. This was nothing new, however; immigrants from the Balkans have streamed into West Germany in massive numbers throughout the long postwar era. Memory, politics, and Yugoslav migrations to postwar Germany tells the story of how Germans received the many thousands of Yugoslavs who migrated to Germany as political émigrés, labor migrants, asylum seekers, and war refugees from 1945 to the mid-1990s. While Yugoslavs made up the second largest immigrant group in the country, their impact has received little critical attention until now. With a particular focus on German policies and attitudes towards immigrants, Christopher Molnar argues that considerations of race played only a marginal role in German attitudes and policies towards Yugoslavs. Rather, the history of Yugoslavs in postwar Germany was most profoundly shaped by the memory of World War II and the shifting Cold War context. Molnar shows how immigration was a key way in which Germany negotiated the meaning and legacy of the war
Subject Yugoslavia -- Emigration and immigration -- History -- 20th century
Germany -- Emigration and immigration -- History -- 20th century
Yugoslavs -- Germany -- History -- 20th century
Immigrants -- Germany -- Social conditions -- 20th century
Immigrants -- Government policy -- Germany -- History -- 20th century
Refugees -- Germany -- History -- 20th century
World War, 1939-1945 -- Refugees -- Germany
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