The impact of World War II for the Caribbean

Cologne, Köln
University of Cologne
Department of Iberian and Latin American History at the University of Cologne and the Department of History at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago in cooperation with KonaK Vienna
23.06.2015 - 24.06.2015
Christian Cwik

On the occasion of the seventieth commemoration of the end of World War II this symposium will bring together historians, sociologists and political scientists from Austria, Germany, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago to revisits the debates about the impact of Fascism and World War II for the Caribbean. The symposium will also examine the legacy of World War II in the Caribbean.

The Caribbean served for European (and other) refugees as a place of exile. Among other remote sites in the Americas, Africa, Asia and Australia, the US Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic and the island of Jamaica were considered for resettlement of Jewish refugees in the 1930s. Of uppermost importance, however, were three continental Caribbean colonies located in the most North-Eastern part of South America: the Guianas. French Guiana had been proposed as early as 1936, followed by British Guiana (present-day Guyana) in 1939, and eventually Dutch Guiana (present-day Suriname) in 1947. Cuba alone received about 8,000 Holocaust refugees from Europe between 1933 and 1942.


June 23, 2015
Venue: Philosophikum S92

German and Austrian refugees in French and Dutch colonies, 1933-1955
Christian Cwik (Department of History, University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago)

Between acceptance and persecution: German Refugees in Cuba, 1933-1945
Michael Zeuske (Department of History, University of Cologne)

World War II and the nationalist movement in Trinidad and Tobago
Michael Toussaint (Department of History, UWI, Trinidad and Tobago)

19.30-20.00h Discussion

Moderation: Stefan Cron (KonaK Wien)

June 24, 2015
Venue: Hörsaal E im Hörsaalgebäude

The growth and expansion of the Trinidad and Tobago Cadet Force
Allyce Woodhouse (Department of Sociology, UWI, Trinidad and Tobago)

The Gibraltar camp at Mona, Jamaica: The biggest internment camp in the Caribbean
Renee Nelson (Department of History, UWI, Jamaica)

Persecution under martial law in the British Caribbean during World War II
Netty-Ann Gordon (Department of Behavioral Sciences, UWI, Trinidad and Tobago)

13.30-14.00 Final Discussion

Moderation: Gennete Pascall (Department of History, UWI, Trinidad and Tobago)

Admission Free!

Please register:


Gina Cantarero
Department of Iberian and Latin American History at the University of Cologne
Albertus Magnus Platz
D-50923 Köln

The impact of World War II for the Caribbean, 23.06.2015 – 24.06.2015 Cologne, Köln, in: H-Soz-Kult, 07.06.2015, <>.
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