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Picking up the pieces from Portugal to Palestine : Quaker refugee relief in World War II : a memoir

Author: W Howard Wriggins
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : University Press of America, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English
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"As a conscientious objector prior to World War II, author Howard Wriggins joined the American Friends Service Committee, a non-governmental organization that, with its British counterpart, would receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 1947 for their many years of refugee relief work. A young idealist who left his graduate studies in political science to assist refugees fleeing Hitler's madness, Wriggins batted out daily  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Personal narratives
Personal narratives, American
Named Person: W Howard Wriggins; W Howard Wriggins
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: W Howard Wriggins
ISBN: 0761827978 9780761827979
OCLC Number: 56357786
Description: 239 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Contents: Portugal, 1942-1943 : refugee casework and migration --
Algeria and Egypt, 1943-1944 : refugees and internees --
Italy, 1944-1945 : stateless refugee services and rebuilding Abruzzi villages --
France, 1945-1946 : Spanish and stateless refugees and Normandy reconstruction --
Geneva and Gaza, 1948-1949 : Palestine refugees.
Responsibility: Howard Wriggins.
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"As a conscientious objector prior to World War II, author Howard Wriggins joined the American Friends Service Committee, a non-governmental organization that, with its British counterpart, would receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 1947 for their many years of refugee relief work. A young idealist who left his graduate studies in political science to assist refugees fleeing Hitler's madness, Wriggins batted out daily letters on an ancient Underwood portable to describe the cruel events he witnessed. He shares his experiences as he came to know numberless refugees and prisoners in Portugal, internees in Algiers, Yugoslavs fleeing in transport ships, refugees and Vatican officials in Italy, anguished French colleagues after years of Occupation, and Palestinians jammed into Gaza camps. Wriggins reviewed these letters five decades later after he retired from Columbia University as the Bryce Professor of the History of International Relations. In them he discovered a world far from the market-driven prosperity and political peace Europe enjoys today. Professor Wriggins has used his letters to tell a personal story about the horrors of governmental persecution and a war to end it, in the midst of which idealism nevertheless persisted."--BOOK JACKET.

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Howard Wriggins' journey from pacifism to relief service and humanitarian activism provides a close-up view of the barbarism of world war and one man's struggle to respond with compassion. This book Read more...

 
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