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France and the German Refugee Crisis of 1933


Burgess, G, France and the German Refugee Crisis of 1933, French History, 16, (2) pp. 203-229. ISSN 0269-1191 (2002) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1093/fh/16.2.203


Initially liberal in its response to refugees from Nazism in 1933, France soon closed its borders to them. Thereafter, refugees encountered a regime of exclusion and antipathy. Historians confront the problem of explaining the reasons for exclusion. AntiSemitism is often alleged to be motiveforce, but this misleadingly imposes on an earlier period our understanding of the Vichy regime and its antiJewish legislation. This article investigates the nature of the French responses to those in flight from persecution in Nazi Germany in 1933, and questions whether it is proper to study this period in the context of events after 1940. It argues instead that French refugee policy in the 1930s emerged from the context of antiforeign measures implemented in response to the economic stress of the late 1920s. Its study of the crisis in 1933 identifies the pressures that shaped France's exclusionary policies and its antipathy to the plight of the refugees. © Oxford University Press 2002.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:European history (excl. British, classical Greek and Roman)
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Burgess, G (Dr Greg Burgess)
ID Code:24258
Year Published:2002
Deposited By:History and Classics
Deposited On:2002-08-01
Last Modified:2003-03-28

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