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Suffering, Redemption and Triumph

The first wave of post-war Australian immigrants 1945-66

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Authors: Peter Brune
12/Jun/2023
WWII, Immigrants
439
Paperback
153mm x 230mm
9781922896476
$32.99

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a compelling narrative that offers an in-depth exploration of the experiences of displaced persons (DPs) in Australia after World War II … both enlightening and thought-provoking.’  – Zoe Rogers

Deeply touching and enlightening, Suffering, Redemption, and Triumph is more than just a historical account, it’s a lesson in humanity and the enduring impact of wars. It’s a must-read for anyone interested in understanding the true consequences of conflict and the power of compassion and unity in shaping a nation. Highly recommended.’ – Andrew Carpenter

Peter Brune is an excellent historian, unravelling facts about the post-war dissemination of European immigrants by sharing individual reports, related in a conversational manner that makes the plight of the immigrants both credible and emotionally charged … moving and instructive, this is a book for all readers curious about the true aftermath of wars. Highly recommended’  – Grady

Between 1946 and 1966 large numbers of displaced persons (DPs) came to Australia to escape the horrors of war-torn Europe.
Peter Brune’s latest work had its genesis in more than 40 interviews he conducted with DPs in the period 2001—2022. He spoke to migrants from Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Greece and Hungary.

Inspired by their resilience, their enterprise and their determination to make a new life for themselves in Australia, the author has written about their harrowing war experiences-—drawing largely on their own words—-their reception in Australia and their first responses to an alien culture. Their subsequent reflections on the journeys they undertook and how they fared here are both moving and revelatory.

Peter also analyses the Chifley government’s immigration policies, which were driven by Arthur Calwell, and the selection criteria that were applied to assess applicants. Both Chifley and Calwell saw the need for a greater population for economic and security reasons; but they also felt an obligation to alleviate the deprivations suffered by millions of Europeans.

Suffering, Redemption and Triumph is an extraordinary exposition of how mass postwar immigration created the modern, multicultural society in which we now live. Peter makes the case that it is one of the most significant periods in the Australian story.

Peter Brune

Peter Brune

Peter Brune is one of Australia’s leading military historians. He is author of the bestselling and highly acclaimed A Bastard of a Place: The Australians in Papua, as well as Those Ragged Bloody Heroes: From the Kokoda Trail to Gona Beach 1942, The Spell Broken: Exploding the Myth of Japanese Invincibility and We Band of […]

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10 reviews for Suffering, Redemption and Triumph

  1. “Suffering, Redemption and Triumph” is a must-read for anyone interested in Australian history, immigration, and the profound impact of mass post-war immigration. It is a powerful exploration of the experiences, challenges, and ultimate triumphs of displaced persons in Australia, whose stories continue to shape the nation’s multicultural landscape.

  2. a MUST READ! Through heartfelt stories and the use of their own words, “Suffering, Redemption and Triumph” provides incredible insights and evokes deep emotions. The book explores the reception of these individuals in Australia, their initial responses to the foreign environment, and their reflections on the subsequent journeys they undertook. Each story offers a unique perspective on the challenges faced by displaced persons and their unwavering determination to build new lives in a foreign land. Something to think about with our current immigration concerns.

  3. a timely and compelling book that unveils the untold stories of displaced persons in Australia after World War II. What sets this book apart is Brune’s inspiration, drawn from over 40 interviews conducted with displaced persons and their children between 2001 and 2022. These interviews spanned individuals from various countries, capturing their resilience and determination to rebuild their lives in Australia. Brune skillfully portrays their harrowing war experiences, their journey to becoming displaced persons, and their subsequent adaptation to an unfamiliar culture. This book will be on my TBR again list and gifts for friends. Well done.

  4. Peter Brune is an excellent historian, unraveling facts about the post-war dissemination of European immigrants by sharing individual reports, related in a conversational manner that makes the plight of the immigrants both credible and emotionally charged. The interaction between the ‘newcomers’ and the populace and government of Australia stands as a hallmark for compassion, caring, and unity that created the successful multicultural Australia society honored by the world today. Deeply moving and instructive, this is a book for all readers curious about the true aftermath of wars. Highly recommended

  5. June 7, 2023 Out of dissemination, Unity! A terrific book about the impact of immigration
    Australian author/historian Peter Brune is a highly respected military historian, having written A BASTARD OF A PLACE, THOSE RAGGED BLOODY HEROES, RALPH HONNER: KOKODA HERO, WE BAND OF BROTHERS, OUR GREAT HEARTED MEN, DESCENT INTO HELL, and now SUFFERING, REDEMPTION AND TRIUMPH. His extensive research combined with his natural wordsmith abilities in bringing topics related to the impact of military history on contemporary culture makes this volume dramatic and impressive. In the Prologue he provides an overview of the significance of the European devastation following WW II, the oppression by the Soviet Union Iron Curtain after the fall of the Nazis with the threat of execution or interment in the Gulag: all cultures and creeds and nationalities were at risk. ‘But what to do with this diverse European mass of humanity who remained? In simple terms, at least a significant portion of the solution to the degradation and ruination of the ‘old world’ might be found in a mass migration to the ‘new world…Australia conducted a huge economic, social and political experiment that saw the nation change its cultural composition. While Australia had sent many of its young sons and daughters to the ‘old world’ during two world wars, then now the ‘old world’ was about to come to Australia.’
    …. Deeply moving and instructive, this is a book for all readers curious about the true aftermath of wars. Highly recommended

  6. Out of dissemination, Unity! A terrific book about the impact of immigration

  7. In the Prologue, Brune paints a picture of post-WW II Europe, detailing the devastation, the oppressive Iron Curtain of the Soviet Union, and the looming threats of execution or imprisonment in a Gulag. He emphasizes that people of all cultures, creeds, and nationalities were in peril. He then poses the question: ‘But what to do with this diverse European mass of humanity who remained?’ His answer explores the potential solution in mass migration to the ‘new world.’ He writes, ‘Australia conducted a huge economic, social and political experiment that saw the nation change its cultural composition. While Australia had sent many of its young sons and daughters to the ‘old world’ during two world wars, then now the ‘old world’ was about to come to Australia.’
    Brune’s mastery as a historian shines through as he unravels the complex narrative of post-war European immigration. He shares individual accounts in a conversational tone, rendering the immigrants’ experiences both believable and emotionally resonant. The interactions between these ‘newcomers’ and Australia’s citizens and government stand as a testament to empathy, care, and unity. This collaboration laid the foundation for the thriving multicultural society that Australia is celebrated for today.

  8. a compelling narrative that offers an in-depth exploration of the experiences of displaced persons (DPs) in Australia after World War II … both enlightening and thought-provoking.

  9. Deeply touching and enlightening, Suffering, Redemption, and Triumph is more than just a historical account, it’s a lesson in humanity and the enduring impact of wars. It’s a must-read for anyone interested in understanding the true consequences of conflict and the power of compassion and unity in shaping a nation. Highly recommended.

  10. Peter Brune is an excellent historian, unravelling facts about the post-war dissemination of European immigrants by sharing individual reports, related in a conversational manner that makes the plight of the immigrants both credible and emotionally charged … moving and instructive, this is a book for all readers curious about the true aftermath of wars. Highly recommended.

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