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Professor Lynne Taylor celebrates the release of her recent publication

Friday, January 12, 2018

In the Children's Best Interests: Unaccompanied Children in American-Occupied Germany, 1945-1952 is the title of Professor Lynne Taylor's recently published monograph. Here is an excerpt from the publisher: 

"In the Children's Best Interests, by Lynne Taylor, is the first work to delve deeply into the records of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) and the International Refugee Organization (IRO) and reveal the heated battles that erupted amongst the various entities (military, governments, and NGOs) responsible for their care and disposition. The bitter debates focused on such issues as whether a child could be adopted, what to do with illegitimate and abandoned children, and who could assume the role of guardian. The inconclusive nationality of these children meant that they became pawns in the battle between East and West during the Cold War. Taylor's exploration and insight into the debates around national identity and the privilege of citizenship challenges our understanding of nationality in the postwar period.