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Escape From Vichy: The Refugee Exodus to the French Caribbean

Eric T. Jennings
Format
Book
Published
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2018.
Language
English
ISBN
9780674983380, 0674983386
Summary
This book follows the wartime escape of thousands of European refugees to Martinique, and the myriad encounters that resulted. This previously untold story speaks to many contemporary concerns, including migration, cultural trends, resistance, encounter, ethnicity and identity, migration and diaspora. The roughly five thousand refugees at the heart of this book, who streamed from Marseille to Martinique in 1940-41 comprised Spanish Republicans, anti-Nazi Germans, Jews, and political and intellectual dissidents of various stripes. Most were wanted by the Nazis. Their desperate quest to reach the Western Hemisphere led them into the limbo of Vichy-controlled Martinique, which for visa related reasons proved easier to reach than New York. There, many forged lasting ties, amongst each other, but also with leading local dissidents, be they Gaullists or young thinkers like the Césaires, articulating their own vision of Blackness at this very time. The book explores the intellectual and artistic convergences that this encounter elicited between Negritude and Surrealism, while bringing to life the particular context of wartime Martinique.--
Contents
  • Undesirables
  • Opening the Martinique corridor
  • Understanding the Martinique route
  • The crossings
  • Wartime Martinique
  • Snake charmers in a viper's nest
  • Surrealism meets Negritude
  • The window closes.
Description
308 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-290) and index.
Technical Details
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