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Journeys from the AbyssThe Holocaust and Forced Migration from the 1880s to the Present$
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Tony Kushner

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781786940629

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781786940629.001.0001

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From the 1880s to 1945

From the 1880s to 1945

(p.39) Chapter 1 From the 1880s to 1945
Journeys from the Abyss

Tony Kushner

Liverpool University Press

This is the first of two chapters exploring female migrant domestic work and it starts by considering which refugee stories are remembered and why asking why the women who came to Britain during and after the Nazi era have been especially neglected and forgotten. It then explores whether the voices of neglected migrants and minorities can be successfully recovered, utilising the work of Gayatri Spivak and subaltern studies. As its first case study is analyses the involvement in Jewish migrant women in the ‘white slave trade’ or organised prostitution from the 1880s through to the 1920s. It then explores how female Jewish refugees wrote about their experiences as domestic servants in Britain from the 1930s through to the end of the Second World War from placing adverts through to correspondence and other early narratives.

Keywords:   Remembering refugees, Forgetting refugees, Gayatri Spivak, Subaltern studies, White slave trade, Refugee domestic servants

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