Venue: Catholic University of Leuven (KULeuven), Belgium
Dr. Machteld Venken, Lise Meitner Fellow, presents her book "Straddling the Iron Curtain? Immigrants, Immigrant Organisations, War Memories"
recently published by Peter Lang Verlag
In the aftermath of World War II, two migration streams entered Belgium: former Allied soldiers from Poland and former Ostarbeiterinnen from the Soviet Union. This book focuses on these people´s attempts to give meaning to their war experiences in post-war life, and delineates the various processes they used to understand and articulate what they had been through. These processes were shaped not only by the characteristics of the war experiences themselves, but also by the changing positions which these immigrant men and women held within their home and host societies. Looking from the perspective of the newcomers, this study examines how they gathered in groups in order to remember their war experiences, and how they were integrated into, and/or excluded from, their home and host societies over time.
The invitation to this event can be found here (in Dutch only).