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C2. Lost and Found: Displaced Persons After WWII

  • 02/06/2023
  • 03/06/2023
  • 5 sessions
  • 02/06/2023, 1:00 PM 2:30 PM (EST)
  • 02/13/2023, 1:00 PM 2:30 PM (EST)
  • 02/20/2023, 1:00 PM 2:30 PM (EST)
  • 02/27/2023, 1:00 PM 2:30 PM (EST)
  • 03/06/2023, 1:00 PM 2:30 PM (EST)
  • Zoom Only (NOTE: This course has 10 classes and will continue on a different day in Session D)



In the late 1940’s “DP” was a term to describe Europeans who didn’t seem to belong anywhere.  Thin, tired, wearing donated clothing, they waited in crowded “camps,” mostly former army barracks, assigned by nationality. The DPs could not return to their home countries, but it seemed no nation was willing to take them. Eventually over 400,000 displaced persons came to the US. While their children and grandchildren have become part of American society, their struggles are largely forgotten. We will focus on stories of the many personal stories. We will also look at high-level policy and how powerful Americans like Truman, Eisenhower, and Eleanor Roosevelt worked to help the displaced. The new identities of the State of Israel and the Ukrainian republic both came out of these turbulent times.

Required Reading: DPs Europe’s Displaced Persons, 1945-1951 by Mark Wyman; Cornell University Press. ISBN-13: 978-0801485428

Optional Reading: The Wild Place, by Kathryn Hulme; Little, Brown. ISBN: 0961469684

NOTE: This course has 10 classes and will continue on a different day in Session D

David Nevard grew up in suburban Boston and has always been fascinated by history - especially World War II and the postwar era. He attended UMass-Amherst and worked as an IT professional for over 30 years. Since retirement David has been an instructor at Brandeis-Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and now at WISE. He has previously taught Europe’s Lost and Found: Displaced Persons after World War II; as well as A Massachusetts Regiment in the Civil War; The Berlin Wall; Suburbia in Postwar America; the Dark Side of Old Time Radio; and The 1964 New York World’s Fair.

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