Cyprus Embassy & AJC Washington cohosted Eliana Hadjisavvas’ presentation on Τhe Internment of Jewish refugees in Cyprus, 1946-49: The role of Britain and the US
The Embassy of Cyprus and AJC Washington co-organised the event entitled Τhe Internment of Jewish refugees in Cyprus, 1946-49: The role of Britain and the US at the Embassy on 29 June 2016.
In her presentation, Ms. Eliana Hadjisavvas, a final year Ph.D. candidate in Modern History at the UK’s University of Birmingham and Library of Congress Kluge Centre fellow (October 2015-January 2016) detailed how over 52,000 Jewish refugees were interned in Cyprus between 1946 and 1949.
Details on Ms. Hadjisavvas’ presentation:
At the end of World War II, thousands of visa-less Holocaust survivors sought to flee the horrors of Nazi Europe by embarking on clandestine voyages to the British Mandate of Palestine, most often from Italian ports. In August 1946, the British government responded to such movements by establishing internment camps in Britain’s colonial territory of Cyprus. The erection of 12 distinct campsites in the villages of Caraolos and Xylotymbou collectively housed over 52,000 people and witnessed the births of over 2,000 children until the camps dissolution in February 1949. The case of the Cyprus camps has largely remained on the periphery of academic scholarship, often confined to brief sections on the post-Holocaust period or national narratives of Israel and Cyprus. The presentation will explore the history of the camps and the rich thematic context it encapsulates, from illegal immigration and post-war relief to decolonisation and Anglo-American relations.