Tues 8 Feb 2022, 6 - 7.30pm. Lecture 1: Hitler's Jewish Refugees: Hope and Anxiety in Portugal, 1940-1945
Online public event. Followed by public Q&A.
The lecture, 'Hitler's Jewish Refugees: Hope and Anxiety in Portugal, 1940-1945' depicts the travails of refugees escaping Nazi Europe and awaiting their fate in Portugal. Drawing attention not only to the social and physical upheavals of refugee existence, it highlights their feelings as they fled their homes and histories while begging strangers for kindness.
An emotional history of fleeing, Kaplan probes how specific locations touched refugees’ inner lives, including the borders they nervously crossed, the consulate lines they fretfully waited on, the smoky cafés they uneasily inhabited, or the overcrowded transatlantic ships that signalled their liberation. These sites induced feelings of frustration or relief – often both.