By Jayne Persian
Australia’s first immigration minister, Arthur Calwell, scoured post-war Europe for refugees, Displaced individuals he characterized as ‘Beautiful Balts’. Amid the hierarchies of the White Australia coverage, the tensions of the chilly battle and the nationwide desire for labour, those humans could rework not just Australia’s immigration coverage, however the kingdom itself.
Beautiful Balts tells the extreme tale of those Displaced individuals. It strains their trip from the chaotic camps of Europe after international conflict II to a brand new existence in a land of chance the place prejudice, parochialism, and strident anti-communism have been rife. Drawing from data, oral historical past interviews and literature generated via the Displaced people themselves, Persian investigates who they honestly have been, why Australia sought after them and what they skilled.
They have been known as “ Bloody Balts” and instructed to return to the place they got here from; but this staff of post-World battle II immigrants from jap Europe assisted in shaping sleek Australia with their tradition and during peaceable assimilation. lifestyles was once a troublesome trip however it was once additionally a track of wish. Jayne Persian’s attractive Balts celebrates both.’ – Peter Skrzynecki OAM
‘A full of life, well-grounded background of postwar refugees and resettlement that is sensible of the old and political context whereas delivering brilliant glimpses of person lives in upheaval.’ – Professor Sheila Fitzpatrick, college of Sydney
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Beautiful Balts: From displaced persons to new Australians by Jayne Persian