Refugees and citizens in East-Central Europe in the 20th century

Trapped in No Man’s Land: Comparing Refugee Crises in the Past and Present (New Publication by Lidia Zessin-Jurek)

Images of refugees being trapped at the eastern Polish border have evoked memories of another time: in 1939, Polish Jews fleeing from Nazi-occupied Poland eastwards were denied entry to the Soviet Union and were stuck right at the same place as people today, along the river Bug. Reflecting on the historical analogies that have been drawn in this context in Polish public debate, Lidia Zessin-Jurek’s article written for the “Cultures of History Forum” discusses their validity and usefulness in understanding similarities and differences of both past and present refugee crises.

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