Implications of the Second World War US Refugee Resettlement Efforts of Cecilia Razovsky and Varian Fry

Stacey A. Shaw
2018 Journal of Migration History  
Despite anti-immigrant sentiment and severe restrictions on immigration to the us during the Second World War, many individuals and organisations fought to change attitudes and utilise the limited possibilities available. Cecilia Razovsky worked throughout this era to utilise quotas, increase awareness, and avoid negative attention that could hinder immigration. Varian Fry provided practical and legal assistance to refugees fleeing France until he was stopped by government officials. Razovsky
more » ... ficials. Razovsky has remained largely unknown but Varian Fry has drawn attention as an example of America's best intentions. The Second World War is frequently invoked in contemporary discourse surrounding immigration and the stories of rescue during that era continue to fascinate, as Fry's recognition shows. Through examining how the us immigration advocates Cecilia Razovksy and Varian Fry responded to restrictions during the Second World War, this article asks why aspects of humanitarian memory persist and examines why particular aspects of their work continue to resonate and hold meaning for contemporary resettlement work.
doi:10.1163/23519924-00401005 fatcat:ujpkhd4qabbgrofoap4ugmz42a