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Title: "Milk Sauce and Paprika. Migration, Childhood and Memory of the Interwar Belgian-Hungarian Child Relief Project."
Authors: Hajto, Vera; S0045402
Issue Date: 11-Feb-2013
Abstract: This study of the Belgian-Hungarian child relief project of the 1920s deals with the relationship between migration and childhood. It explicitely demonstrates these two social constructions’ significant interconnectedness. This interconnectedness is strongly motivated by the observation that creation and negotiation of identities are central to bothmigration and childhood and that the realm of memory has a decisive influence on the conceptualization of the two.Based on many different sources, such as official documentations, contemporary newspapers, public and private photograph-collections, family correspondences, biographies and interviews, this book discover the history and the political, social and cultural impacts of the Belgian-Hungarian child relief project on the two collaborating countries and their families. It shows how public and private memories of the project defined the different meanings of the project for the different participants. How the different social actors, Belgian and Hungarian, like state officials, the Catholic community, the families or the children themselves understood and negotiated the opportunities that the project offered them and every one of them created and imagined their own version (public and private) of childhood. The research uncovered that the consequences of the relief reached transcended the benefit of a holiday. Although the official intention of the project was to provide the needy Hungarian children with a six-month holiday, many children and their families used the opportunity to lengthen the stay of the children. Many of them returned several times to Belgium and some of them remained in the care of their Belgian families for good. Remembering their childhood, under the crucial influence of the relief project, the ‘holiday’ turned to become a ‘migration’ experience. Even those children who after their temporary stay in Belgian families returned to their home country, tended to relate and remember about their ‘holiday’ as a life-changing experience, a journey that took them across national and cultural borders.
Table of Contents: ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS ................................................................ 1
TABLE OF CONTENTS ............................................................... 3
INTRODUCTION .................................................................... 7
PART I STATES, INSTITUTIONS, AND THE WELFARE OF CHILDREN ....................... 27
PART II THE FAMILY NETWORK – THE BEST INTEREST OF THE CHILD .,................. 101
PART III CHILDREN – MIGRANTS – IDENTITIES: BETWEEN ‘MOTHERLAND’ AND ‘HOME’ .... 163
CONCLUSION .................................................................... 239
APPENDICES .................................................................... 245
SOURCES OF THE PHOTOGRAPHS..................................................... 255
SOURCES ....................................................................... 256
BIBLIOGRAPHY .................................................................. 260
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: TH
Appears in Collections:Modernity & Society 1800-2000 @ Leuven

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