France and the German refugee crisis of 1933

Burgess, Greg 2002, France and the German refugee crisis of 1933, French history, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 203-229, doi: 10.1093/fh/16.2.203.

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Title France and the German refugee crisis of 1933
Author(s) Burgess, GregORCID iD for Burgess, Greg
Journal name French history
Volume number 16
Issue number 2
Start page 203
End page 229
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2002-06
ISSN 0269-1191
Summary Initially liberal in its response to refugees from Nazism in 1933, France soon closed its borders to them. Thereafter, refugees encountered a regime of exclusion and antipathy. Historians confront the problem of explaining the reasons for exclusion. Anti-Semitism is often alleged to be motive-force, but this misleadingly imposes on an earlier period our understanding of the Vichy regime and its anti-Jewish legislation. This article investigates the nature of the French responses to those in flight from persecution in Nazi Germany in 1933, and questions whether it is proper to study this period in the context of events after 1940. It argues instead that French refugee policy in the 1930s emerged from the context of anti-foreign measures implemented in response to the economic stress of the late 1920s. Its study of the crisis in 1933 identifies the pressures that shaped France's exclusionary policies and its antipathy to the plight of the refugees.

Language eng
DOI 10.1093/fh/16.2.203
Field of Research 210307 European History (excl British, Classical Greek and Roman)
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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