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Book Launch: Berlin to London: An Emotional History of Two Refugees

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Book Launch of Berlin to London: An Emotional History of Two Refugees

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In this book the emotional journeys of two German Jewish refugees are reconstructed from a substantial collection of family papers, which are used imaginatively to explore and illuminate a wider history. The letters evoke how it felt at the time to be a refugee and express eloquently the distress and losses involved in exile, separation and internment, providing intense dynamic snapshots of how they managed their emotions from day to day through changing external events.

The author demonstrates how the themes of managing emotions, separation and loss, memory, identity, belonging and home, and coming to terms with the past, even when explored within a very specific context within this book, are relevant to the experiences of more recent migrants and refugees.This engaging, accessible book is beautifully written, with enormous honesty and power. Fully referenced, it draws on conceptual and theoretical ideas, but the clear style and writing will appeal to the general reader as well as to students and academics.About the author:

Esther Saraga has forty years’ experience teaching and researching in higher education, moving from a first degree in mathematics in Cambridge to a PhD in Psychology in London, feeling finally at home as a feminist critical social scientist at the Open University. She retired in September 2009 to concentrate on this book project.

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