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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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1945 to the Present

1945 to the Present

(p.96) Chapter 2 1945 to the Present
Journeys from the Abyss

Tony Kushner

Liverpool University Press

This chapter follows the earlier one in this section on female migrant domestic work but covers the period from 1945 to the present. It explores how refugee domestic servants were remembered in British culture and how they themselves wrote and re-wrote their experiences at different key points after the war and how their autobiographical writings were received. Particular attention is given to Lore Segal’s work and her description of her parents’ experiences as refugee domestics. The greater interest in the refugee domestics coming out of the social history movement and oral testimony projects is highlighted and how the greater interest in the Holocaust increasingly became the context in which these experiences were placed. The chapter concludes by exploring the lives of recent migrant domestic workers across the world and the similarities and differences in their experiences, including the communication of them and the whether they were/are a form of slavery.

Keywords:   Refugee domestic servants, Migrant domestic workers, Lore Segal, Written and oral testimony, Slavery

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