Resource TypesE-Books and E-Texts, Has Pre-1970 Content, Subject Gateway
DescriptionThis online archive delivers essential primary sources for the study and understanding of the challenges facing the European peoples in the aftermath of World War II. It covers the politics and administration of the post-war refugee crisis in Europe well as the day-to-day survival of the refugees themselves. Although the War in Europe ended officially in May 1945, the struggle continued for the millions of homeless people who had been displaced as a result of military action, deportation into labor or concentration camps, local racism and discrimination, or the relocation of national borders. The collection contains 119,962 primarily text images from the National Archives of the UK, and reveals the sheer scale of the problem of Displaced Persons (DPs) due to the seemingly intractable political problems and the enormous numbers involved. Many of the documents collected here reveal the ambivalence of the Allies’ policies towards DPs. The founding of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA, 1943) and its replacements the International Refugee Organization (IRO, 1947) and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR, 1951) meant that DPs were cared for at the expense of the US, Canada, and Britain. This collection is one in a series of Archives Unbound collections. Search for other Archives Unbound collections relevant to European History and WWII in the library's catalog and database website. The contents of this collection are available for text analysis and data mining through Gale's Digital Scholar Lab.