I had to re blog this post ……


In the face of the ongoing refugee crisis I keep telling myself that it is important to learn from history and realize that the world has dealt with refugees over many generations. As outlined in my earlier post Refugees, Germany and the rest of the world I am reminded of Kathryn Hulme’s experiences in 1945 – 1950.

The wild place bookcoverA shipyard welder during the second world war, Kathryn Hulme joined the relief movement via the UNRRA (United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration) in Europe in 1945,after a few weeks training in France. As deputy to a French director, and with a team of 12 other field workers from 5 different nationalities, she was put in charge of 20.000 polish displaced people (DP’s). She wrote down her experiences in ‘The wild place’ (1953) and also in a section of  ‘Undiscovered country’ (1967).

The United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration UNRRA was established in 1943, and was replaced…

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