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Dan Stone – Assessing Holocaust Survivors: Jewish DPs and the International Refugee Organisation in the Early Cold War

This talk looks at the ways in which the International Refugee Organisation (the forerunner to UNHCR) assessed Displaced Persons for assistance with relocation to new countries in the late 1940s. Where today we might see Holocaust survivors clearly in need of help, at the time of the early Cold War the IRO’s assessors were just as likely to see ‘economic migrants’ and feared that assisting these refugees would mean importing a potential communist threat.