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Author Taylor, Lynne, 1958- author.

Title In the children's best interests : unaccompanied children in American-occupied Germany, 1945-1952 / Lynne Taylor
Published Toronto ; Buffalo ; London : University of Toronto Press, [2017]


Description 1 online resource
Series German and European studies ; 27
German and European studies ; 27.
Contents Introduction -- UNRRA Gets Started -- Unaccompanied Children -- Child Search Launched -- Legal Complications -- The Infiltrees -- Obstacle: The Landesjugendamt -- Obstacle: The ACA Directive -- Child Search under the IRO -- The Residual -- Nationality -- Conclusion
Summary Among the hundreds of thousands of displaced persons in Germany at the end of World War II, approximately 40,000 were unaccompanied children. These children, of every age and nationality, were without parents or legal guardians and many were without clear identities. This situation posed serious practical, legal, ethical, and political problems for the agencies responsible for their care. In the Children's Best Interests, by Lynne Taylor, is the first work to delve deeply into the records of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) and the International Refugee Organization (IRO) and reveal the heated battles that erupted amongst the various entities (military, governments, and NGOs) responsible for their care and disposition. The bitter debates focused on such issues as whether a child could be adopted, what to do with illegitimate and abandoned children, and who could assume the role of guardian. The inconclusive nationality of these children meant they became pawns in the battle between East and West during the Cold War. Taylor's exploration and insight into the debates around national identity and the privilege of citizenship challenges our understanding of nationality in the postwar period
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration.
International Refugee Organization.
SUBJECT International Refugee Organization fast
United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration fast
Subject World War, 1939-1945 -- Children -- Germany (West)
World War, 1939-1945 -- Refugees -- Germany (West)
Abandoned children -- Germany (West) -- History -- 20th century
Adoption -- Germany (West) -- History -- 20th century
Child care -- Germany (West) -- History -- 20th century
HISTORY -- Europe -- Western.
HISTORY -- Europe -- Germany.
HISTORY / Europe / Germany
Abandoned children
Child care
SUBJECT Germany -- History -- 1945-1955.
Subject Germany
Germany (West)
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781487515157