Memory, Politics, and Yugoslav Migrations to Postwar Germany

by Christopher A. Molnar

Published by: Indiana University Press

250 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in, 6 b&w illus.

  • Paperback
  • 9780253037725
  • Published: January 2019


  • Hardcover
  • 9780253037718
  • Published: January 2019


  • eBook
  • 9780253037749
  • Published: January 2019


During Europe's 2015 refugee crisis, more than a hundred thousand asylum seekers from the western Balkans sought refuge in Germany. This was nothing new, however; immigrants from the Balkans have streamed into West Germany in massive numbers throughout the long postwar era. Memory, Politics, and Yugoslav Migrations to Postwar Germany tells the story of how Germans received the many thousands of Yugoslavs who migrated to Germany as political emigres, labor migrants, asylum seekers, and war refugees from 1945 to the mid-1990s. While Yugoslavs made up the second largest immigrant group in the country, their impact has received little critical attention until now. With a particular focus on German policies and attitudes toward immigrants, Christopher Molnar argues that considerations of race played only a marginal role in German attitudes and policies towards Yugoslavs. Rather, the history of Yugoslavs in postwar Germany was most profoundly shaped by the memory of World War II and the shifting Cold War context. Molnar shows how immigration was a key way in which Germany negotiated the meaning and legacy of the war.