It has long been recognised that the experiences of refugees from National Socialism, their persecution, incarceration, hiding, emigration, resettlement, further migration, trauma and later lives has had an impact on their children and grandchildren.

The latest triennial conference, organised by the Research Centre for German & Austrian Exile Studies, was held online from 9 to 11 March 2021, and explored this in all its facets and different expressions, focusing both on the relationship between the generations as well as the specific differences between generations.


Presenter Bibliographies

The next conference will be held on 13 and 14 September 2023 and will take as its subject the contribution of German-speaking exiles to engineering and industry. 
Further details


Podcasts from the 2021 Conference

A selection of the presentations given at the 2021 conference are available as podcasts (click the category listed below):

  • 1. A New Field? and 2. Citizenship
    Andrea Hammel (Aberystwyth): 'My experience began in the womb' to 'Too much O Weyhing': Researching the Second-Generation Experience
    Anita Grosz (Aberystwyth): A Comparative Study of the Kindertransport Second Generation in the UK and the USA
    Dani Kranz (Beer Sheva): The Long Haul of Displacement and Refuge: Post-1945 German Legalese that Covers the Category German, Access to German Citizenship and Discontent amongst Refugees from Germany and their Descendants
  • 3. Literature
    Yannick Gnipep-oo Pembouong (Trier): Ambivalenz als Darstellungsmittel der Vaterfigur in der Literatur jüdischer Autoren der Zweiten und Dritten Generation
    Stephanie Homer (London): 'Frag sie nicht, frag sie nie': Investigating the Experience of the Second and Third Generations, Intergenerational Conflict and Resolution in Renate Ahrens's Kindertransport Novel Das gerettete Kind
  • 4. Art
    Monica Bohm-Duchen (London): Chasing Shadows: The Uses of Photography in the Work of Second-Generation Visual Artists in the UK
    Rachel Dickson (Ben Uri Museum and Art Gallery, London): Helga Michie, Ruth Rix and Rebecca Swift: Reflections on Art in Exile across Three Generations, through the Exhibition Staircase (2000)
  • 5. Film
    Sue Vice (Sheffield): Filming her Mother: Chantal Akerman as Second-Generation Artist
    Odeya Kohen Raz (Sapir Academic College/Israel Open University/Tel Aviv University): Arnon Goldfinger's The Flat (2011): Ethics and Aesthetics in Third-Generation Holocaust Cinema