Waiting with Packed Suitcases: European Jewish Refugees, 1938-1957
Ames Public Library Auditorium
Free and open to the public
Presentation by Dr. Kierra Crago-Schneider, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Europe became a veritable train station during the late 1930s and 1940s when millions of people fled the expanding reach of the Third Reich. At the same time the Nazis and their collaborators shuffled Europe's populations to suit their racial vision. It is estimated that somewhere around 50 million people were displaced from 1933-1945 and while millions of them made their way "home" after the war ended in May 1945, an estimated 8 million displaced persons found themselves stuck in Germany and unable or unwilling to return to their prewar countries of origin. While 7 million of these people were quickly repatriated by occupation forces, the remaining 1 million would remain stranded for years. This lecture will examine Europe's refugee situation from the 1930s through the 1950s and provide a glimpse into the struggles of the refugees as they searched for a home.
Partners: Ames Public Library, Ames Historical Society, Iowa State University Department of History, Ames Public Library Friends Foundation, Story County Genealogical Society, University of Iowa, Humanities Iowa, Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, University of Iowa International Programs, Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany Chicago. This program is made possible by the Campus Outreach Lecture Program of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, supported by Alan Solomon, MD.