Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP160101528 [ 2016-06-29 - 2021-12-31 ]

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Researchers: A/Prof Ruth Balint (Chief Investigator) ,  Prof Sheila Fitzpatrick (Chief Investigator) ,  Ms Marianna (Mara) Moustafine (Partner Investigator) ,  Prof David Wolff (Partner Investigator)

Brief description Postwar Russian displaced persons arriving in Australia via the China route. This transnational project plans to study Russian and Russian-speaking Jewish refugees who came to Australia via the ‘China’ route (mainly from Harbin and Shanghai) after World War Two. In Australia, they coexisted with the former Soviet citizens ‘displaced persons’ of Russian, Ukrainian and Baltic nationality who reached Australia via Europe. Their pre-war experiences led many of the refugees to be strongly anti-Communist, but a minority were not, and became subjects of interest both to the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) and the Soviet KGB. The project plans to investigate their trajectories of exile, migration and settlement, and the impact of this refugee experience on the development of Australian anti-communism in the 1950s.

Funding Amount $336,997

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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