Displacement and the Second World War: Polish refugees in Africa

Wanda Warlik

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Of the millions of civilians displaced during the Second World War, twenty thousand Polish women and children, after deportation to the Soviet Union and evacuation to Iran, found themselves in refugee camps scattered across British colonial Africa. This thesis examines British colonial policy in relation to refugees and the practice of everyday life in the refugee camps. It demonstrates the crucial role that encampment played in the experience of displacement, and the ways in which the refugees were able to shape their own lives, the women by recreating an imagined Polish past, the children by embracing the African present.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Edele, Mark, Supervisor
  • Finaldi, Giuseppe, Supervisor
  • Gaynor, Andrea, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date11 Nov 2019
Publication statusUnpublished - 2019

Embargo information

  • Embargoed from 19/11/2019 to 19/11/2021. Made publicly available on 19/11/2021.


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