By Jayne Persian
Australia’s first immigration minister, Arthur Calwell, scoured post-war Europe for refugees, Displaced individuals he characterized as ‘Beautiful Balts’. Amid the hierarchies of the White Australia coverage, the tensions of the chilly conflict and the nationwide want for labour, those humans could rework not just Australia’s immigration coverage, however the kingdom itself.
Beautiful Balts tells the extreme tale of those Displaced folks. It lines their trip from the chaotic camps of Europe after global warfare II to a brand new lifestyles in a land of chance the place prejudice, parochialism, and strident anti-communism have been rife. Drawing from records, oral background interviews and literature generated via the Displaced folks themselves, Persian investigates who they honestly have been, why Australia sought after them and what they skilled.
They have been known as “ Bloody Balts” and informed to return to the place they got here from; but this crew of post-World battle II immigrants from jap Europe assisted in shaping smooth Australia with their tradition and during peaceable assimilation. lifestyles used to be a difficult trip however it was once additionally a music of desire. Jayne Persian’s appealing Balts celebrates both.’ – Peter Skrzynecki OAM
‘A vigorous, well-grounded heritage of postwar refugees and resettlement that is sensible of the old and political context whereas supplying shiny glimpses of person lives in upheaval.’ – Professor Sheila Fitzpatrick, college of Sydney
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