Gentlemen of the flashing blade

Vidonja Balanzategui, Bianka (1990) Gentlemen of the flashing blade. Studies in North Queensland History, 12 . James Cook University, Townsville, QLD, Australia.

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[Extract] The displaced survivors of World War II were one of its most tragic legacies. Mourning fellow countrymen, many of whom had been decimated, they felt that they could not safely or happily return to their home countries which had undergone cataclysmic changes of frontiers, sovereignty and political structure. Between nine and 12 million non German displaced people comprising soldiers, forced labourers, political deportees, prisoners of war and fugitives were dispersed throughout Europe at the close of the war. After repatriation of the greater proportion, there remained a significant number who for various reasons could not, or would not, return to their countries of origin.

In the period 1 July 1947 to 31 December 1951, approximately two million of these were found new homes by an organization created especially for this purpose: the International Refugee Organisation (I.R.O.). The first international agency created by the United Nations Organisation, the I.R.O. was described by its last Director General as "the most successful example of large-scale international cooperation for humanitarian purposes in history.

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