“In this compression chamber between Europe and North America” (E. Koch). Construction de la temporalité dans les récits des “réfugiés-internés” au Canada

Abstract : The present paper is part of a micro-historical research project centred on the acculturation of German-speaking refugees from Nazism who came to Canada after 1933 (Farges 2006-b). Among them was a group of approximately 1,000 men, mostly anti-Nazi (and often Jewish) refugees in Great-Britain, who had been interned as “enemy aliens” by the Churchill government. These men were often young, hence their designation as “Camp Boys.” Their often forgotten story, an episode of British history on Canadian soil, exemplifies the chaotic state of the world during World War Two. It is also the story of consecutive migrations and multiple internments (Nazi concentration camps, British and Canadian internment camps), a paradoxical story in which internment itself leads to forced migration.
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Patrick Farges. “In this compression chamber between Europe and North America” (E. Koch). Construction de la temporalité dans les récits des “réfugiés-internés” au Canada. Temporalités de l'exil, A. Nouss, Feb 2007, Montréal, Canada. ⟨halshs-01383231⟩

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