Vladimír Ležák-Borin: Cold War warrior

Persian, Jayne (2017) Vladimír Ležák-Borin: Cold War warrior. In: Recovering history through fact and fiction: forgotten lives. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, pp. 78-87. ISBN 978-1-5275-0325-0


Vladimir Ležák Borin was a post-war enigma, a Czech migrant to Australia who was much more than he seemed. Arriving at the tail end of the post-war Displaced Persons (DP) Scheme, through which more than 170,000 Central and Eastern Europeans arrived in Australia as International Refugee Organisation-sponsored refugees, Borin was described by contemporaries as a 'fraud' and of the 'political underworld' (Richards 1978, 11). Borin’s somewhat convoluted journeys, both political and geographical, tells us something of the life of the politically elite, and active, displaced person. Exploring the life story of on an outlier of the DP Scheme in Australia, this chapter will focus on Borin’s life story as a type of micro-history, or even a foray into speculative biography, in order to tease out broader themes.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2018 04:58
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2018 04:09
Uncontrolled Keywords: displaced persons, migration history, Cold War, Czech, Australia
Fields of Research : 21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/33600

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