Samizdat: Underground Resistance Made Public

Samizdat means “self-published.” A Russian term, it refers to any underground publication banned during Communist rule in the USSR and Soviet bloc. It includes essays, books, art, poems – whether original or copied, it was all illegal. Yesterday I attended the opening of Samizdat: The Czech Art of Resistance 1968-1989 at the Embassy of the … Continue reading

Children’s Literature and Refugees

Greek and Armenian refugee children near Athens, 1923 There are a number of books for children out there that focus on refugee stories and the causes of forcibly migrated people. According to Forced Migration Guide’s bibliography on the genre, “Children’s literature relating to refugees can be used to explore such themes as compassion, empathy, tolerance, … Continue reading

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