Post-War Europe: Refugees, Exile and Resettlement, 1945-1950

  Post-War Europe: Refugees, Exile and Resettlement, 1945-1950 is an online collection of primary source materials from the holdings of the Wiener Library, London and The National Archives in the UK which supports research and teaching of post-World War II Europe. 

This unique archive covers the international politics leading the administration, care, repatriation and emigration of the Displaced Persons (DPs) as well as the plight of the survivors, both Jews and non-Jews, of the Holocaust and World War II, and their reintroduction to life and community. A large percentage of the DPs were refugees from Eastern European countries fleeing Soviet rule who were not able to return to their homelands until after the fall of the Berlin wall.

Post-War Europe contains an introduction by the editor Professor Dan Stone, from Royal Holloway College, University of London as well as newly-commissioned essays by leading scholars. These essays offer an insight into key themes and provide direct links to the documents mentioned and a means to access for students unfamiliar with the original materials. Five documentary British Pathe films provide visual evidence of key issues covered by the documents.  

Topics covered include:
  • The administration of refugee camps across Europe including England, Germany, Italy, Hungary and Yugoslavia
  • Displaced Persons Assembly Centre reports
  • Jewish Relief Unit field reports
  • British Military Government in Germany
  • Belsen DP Camp
  • The Maclean Mission in Italy
  • The politics of the Refugee Crisis
  • The strengthening of the Zionist cause
The collection offers a wide range of primary source documents including surveys, leaflets, reports of relief workers, US zone reports, War office memos, Exodus Camp records, Displaced Persons Assembly Centre weekly reports and correspondence of relief organizations.  Post-War Europe: Refugees, Exile and Resettlement, 1945-1950 is an invaluable source for research, research-based teaching and students of Jewish studies, German history, Holocaust and World War II studies, Displaced Persons and Refugee studies, Genocide, and Peace studies.