Encounters with Albion
Britain and the British in Texts by Jewish Refugees from Nazism

Anthony Grenville

Germanic Literatures 17

Legenda

22 August 2018  •  196pp

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While much has been written about British attitudes to the Jewish refugees from Hitler who fled to this country after 1933, little attention has been paid to the ways in which those refugees perceived and depicted their (often somewhat reluctant) hosts. From their impressions on arrival, through the tumultuous events of World War II and mass internment, and on into the long period of integration after 1945, Anthony Grenville expertly traces the development of refugee responses to their new homeland. Drawing on a wide range of novels, autobiographies, memoirs, diaries and letters by Jewish refugees, he recreates the course of a complex and sometimes fraught relationship, but one that ultimately arrived at a largely settled resolution.

Anthony Grenville is Chair of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies, University of London, and was Consultant Editor of the Association of Jewish Refugees Journal, 2006-17.

Reviews:

  • ‘Some of the most moving stories, though, are written by less well-known figures: tales of loneliness; the humiliating treatment of domestic servants; stories of loss by children who arrived with the Kindertransport... Grenville has trawled the archives of the AJR and numerous books and diaries for stories which help us understand the experience of refugees. It is hard to think of anyone who has done more to open up their world and bring it to life.’ — David Herman, Jewish Chronicle 26 October 2018
  • ‘By examining the writings of Jews who had escaped to the UK, Grenville has pieced together an invaluable account of the feelings of shock, anger and confusion which those who were interned experienced.’ — Robert Philpot, The Times of Israel 2 December 2018

Contents:

[i]-[vi]
Encounters with Albion: Encounters with Albion
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[vii]-[viii]
Table of Contents
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[ix]-[x]
Acknowledgements
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1-4
Introduction
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5-33
Chapter 1 Arrival and Early Years in Britain
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34-64
Chapter 2 Internment
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65-90
Chapter 3 Memories of Wartime Service and Combat
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91-109
Chapter 4 the Years of Settlement 1945–60
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110-129
Chapter 5 Established Refugee Writers
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130-148
Chapter 6 the Child Refugee’s Perspective
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149-175
Chapter 7 A Wealth of Memoirs: Autobiographies of the 1990s and 2000s
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176-176
Afterword
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177-180
Bibliography
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181-183
Index
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184-186
Index of Refugee Writers
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Bibliography entry:

Grenville, Anthony, Encounters with Albion: Britain and the British in Texts by Jewish Refugees from Nazism, Germanic Literatures, 17 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2018)

First footnote reference: 35 Anthony Grenville, Encounters with Albion: Britain and the British in Texts by Jewish Refugees from Nazism, Germanic Literatures, 17 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2018), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Grenville, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Grenville, Anthony. 2018. Encounters with Albion: Britain and the British in Texts by Jewish Refugees from Nazism, Germanic Literatures, 17 (Cambridge: Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Grenville 2018: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Grenville 2018: 21.

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