Oral histories of displaced persons: what for? The story like mine's plenty now

Persian, Jayne ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0651-4099 (2019) Oral histories of displaced persons: what for? The story like mine's plenty now. In: Remembering migration: oral histories and heritage in Australia. Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies. Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., Switzerland, pp. 29-46. ISBN 978-3-030-17750-8


This chapter takes as its subject the memories of the 170,000 displaced persons (DPs)—predominantly Central and Eastern Europeans—who arrived in Australia as International Refugee Organization (IRO)-sponsored refugees between 1947 and 1952. In recent decades, the emergent fields of social and oral histories have brought these stories into the public domain. This chapter focuses on the utility of oral histories to the displaced persons themselves, how oral histories add to historical understandings of migration and the place of oral history in accessing emotion, particularly in the transmission of family memory.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Mar 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Heritage and Culture (1 Aug 2018 -)
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2020 06:26
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2020 03:04
Uncontrolled Keywords: displaced persons, memory, oral history, migration, Australia, interviewing, World War II, post war
Fields of Research (2008): 21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Fields of Research (2020): 43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430302 Australian history
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
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Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-17751-5_3
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/37758

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