Title

Wartime Bolivia and refugees from Nazism: A unique case

Date of Award

2000

Availability

Article

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Department

History

First Committee Member

Robert M. Levine, Committee Chair

Abstract

During the 1930s, as Hitler expanded Nazism's influence throughout Europe, German and Austrian Jews, fearing for their lives, emigrated en masse, resulting in an international migration crisis. Bolivia figured among the few countries that offered a safe haven to Jewish refugees. This dissertation analyzes why did the Bolivians admit the refugees, how did this contact affect the national identity of Bolivians and their immigrant counterparts, and what was the relationship between Jewish refugees and Bolivian nationals. This dissertation contends that Jewish immigration changed both the Jewish refugees and Bolivian nationals. On one hand, Jews fled the effects of a disastrous convergence of race and nation in Central Europe, only to encounter the same in Bolivia. On the other hand, their presence helped redefine Bolivian cultural politics and national identity.

Keywords

History, Latin American; Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies

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