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Refugees and those who migrate for other reasons are a pressing issue. As accomplished historian Richard Breitman notes in his introduction to this collection of articles: “People frequently ask whether the study of history can help in managing humanitarian crises. This question is particularly timely given the massive outflow of refugees from Syria and the problems of admitting large numbers of refugees to other countries, including the United States.... Those who speak confidently of a single lesson of the past often mislead their audiences.” With the intent of informing, and perhaps narrowing the gap between historical facts and rhetoric, the editors of Holocaust and Genocide Studies offer this special edition on refugees, featuring selected articles from past issues. Read as a whole, these essays begin to offer some elements of perspective.

Richard Breitman
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Creating a Modern ‘Zone of Genocide’: The Impact of Nation- and State-Formation on Eastern Anatolia, 1878–1923
Mark Levene
Holocaust and Genocide Studies 12, no. 3 (1998): 393-433; doi:10.1093/hgs/12.3.393.
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The Voyage of the St. Louis Revisited
C. Paul Vincent
Holocaust and Genocide Studies 25, no. 2 (2011): 252-89; doi:10.1093/hgs/dcr038.
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Combating Prejudice and Protectionism in American Medicine: The Physicians Committee’s Fight for Refugees from Nazism, 1939‒1945
Laurel Leff
Holocaust and Genocide Studies 28, no. 2 (2014): 181-239; doi:10.1093/hgs/dcu030.
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'We Are Standing By’: Rescue Operations of the United States Committee for the Care of European Children
Michal Ostrovsky
Holocaust and Genocide Studies 29, no. 2 (2015): 230-50; doi:10.1093/hgs/dcv028.
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Stalin’s Great Power Politics, the Return of Jewish Refugees to Poland, and Continued Migration to Palestine, 1944–1946
Albert Kaganovitch
Holocaust and Genocide Studies 26, no. 1 (2012): 59-94; doi:10.1093/hgs/dcs012.
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‘The people must be forced to go to Palestine’: Rabbi Abraham Klausner and the She’erit Hapletah in Germany
Avinoam Patt
Holocaust and Genocide Studies 28, no. 2 (2014): 240-76; doi:10.1093/hgs/dcu033.
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