Shattered Ideals and Fractured Identities: Western Australia to Yugoslavia and back 1948-1955 Presented by Dr Criena Fitzgerald

When: 10:00am - 21/06/2019

Location: Stirling House 49 Broadway Nedlands

Shattered Ideals and Fractured Identities

This is the story of over one thousand ‘Yugoslav’ West Australians who left behind their country of choice to help rebuild war-torn Yugoslavia. Imbued with a sense of national pride and an invigorated identity they sought a new life for themselves and their children.
Using excerpts from their oral histories, and photographs of their experiences, Criena will relate the story from the perspectives of these migrants and follow their fundraising to fight against fascism, their voyage on two ships: the SS Partizanka and the SS Radnik and the social and economic realities confronting them in post war Yugoslavia.
After selling their homes, farms and market gardens and taking all their possessions with them, including for some, a car, they were confronted with an at once familiar yet strange country.
Criena will talk about their work, home life, joys and disillusionment with the system they encountered and the difficulties they experienced obtaining passports to return to Australia.
Almost all came back to Australia to begin again. They returned along with other post-war migrants, and resumed their lives economically poorer, but culturally enriched by the experience.

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