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Jews and Other ForeignersManchester and the Rescue of the Victims of European Fascism, 1933-40$
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Bill Williams

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780719085499

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719085499.001.0001

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Introduction: Jewish refugees in Manchester

Introduction: Jewish refugees in Manchester

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(p.1) 1 Introduction: Jewish refugees in Manchester
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Jews and Other Foreigners
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Bill Williams

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719085499.003.0001

This chapter notes the need to restore a sense of balance to Manchester's role in refugee history: to assess the degree to which the people and institutions of a supposedly liberal British city like Manchester actually reached beyond everyday concerns to help the victims of European Fascism find a haven of safety. It throws questions around the view of Manchester as a ‘liberal city’. It asks what it was about those who did reach out which caused them to do so; which differentiated them from an indifferent majority. In Holocaust history, the Manchester population might have been designated ‘bystanders’ to the unfolding tragedy wished by the Nazis upon those judged to have been unworthy of membership of the Third Reich.

Keywords:   refugee history, Third Reich, Manchester, European Fascism, Nazis

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