Hull – the experiences of Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian EVWs who arrived in Britain, via the Port of Hull, 1946-1950

Hull is my home city, I was born and bred in Hull, and as a child in the 1970’s, I spent many weekends around the Hull Docks area, which is a very historical area close to the city centre, with outstanding views across the Humber Estuary.  I had no idea at the time, that less than 30 years previously, large boats and ships carrying Baltic … Continue reading Hull – the experiences of Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian EVWs who arrived in Britain, via the Port of Hull, 1946-1950

Book Reviews – “Rebuilding Post-War Britain: Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian Refugees in Great Britain, 1946-1951”

Since Rebuilding Post-War Britain was published in June this year (2017) there have been some amazing reviews about the book, some of which I will mention below: Daily Mail Article (Amie Gordon, 17 May 2017):  Revealed: How tens of thousands of Eastern European immigrants helped rebuild Britain in the dark days after WWII Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian immigrants played a key role in helping to … Continue reading Book Reviews – “Rebuilding Post-War Britain: Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian Refugees in Great Britain, 1946-1951”

New Book ‘Rebuilding Post-War Britain: Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian Refugees in Britain, 1946-51’, is OUT NOW!

I am really excited to announce that my new book Rebuilding Post-War Britain: Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian Refugees in Britain, 1946-51 is now out (as of 7 June 2017) (in the UK).  The book is available directly from the publishers Pen and Sword via the following website: https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Rebuilding-Post-War-Britain-Paperback/p/13617 It is also available via all good bookshops and online bookshops.  It is also available in various … Continue reading New Book ‘Rebuilding Post-War Britain: Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian Refugees in Britain, 1946-51’, is OUT NOW!

New Book – Rebuilding Post-war Britain – Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian Refugees in Britain, 1946-1951

I am really excited to announce that my new book Rebuilding Post-war Britain – Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian refugees in Britain, 1946-1951, has now been completed and is due to be published in June this year (2017) by Pen and Sword Publishers.  It has been a long haul, with lots of ups and downs, but I have had a lot of help both from the … Continue reading New Book – Rebuilding Post-war Britain – Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian Refugees in Britain, 1946-1951

‘Something True’ by Alexandra Māzers

Introduction by Emily Gilbert I am really excited to publish the latest blog post by Alexandra Māzers about her Latvian family history.  Alexandra (Alex) is a second generation Latvian who lives in Devon in the UK, and has spent the last few years researching her Latvian family.  Alex’s father came to Britain as a child, on the European Volunteer Workers’ dependent relatives scheme, after the … Continue reading ‘Something True’ by Alexandra Māzers

Nikolājs Soikans – Latvian DP artist in Britain

Nikolājs Soikans is a Latvian artist who came to Britain after the Second World War via the Westward Ho! European Volunteer Workers scheme, arriving in 1947.  While many artists, writers and other creative professionals re-emigrated overseas during the 1950’s, Soikans remained in Britain, residing in Leicester until his death in 1980. Soikans has been recognised as one of the foremost Latvian exile artists of this … Continue reading Nikolājs Soikans – Latvian DP artist in Britain

All That Remains by Alexandra Mazers

Introduction by Emily Gilbert I am delighted to publish this blog post by Alexandra Mazers, the third in a series, which takes us on a fascinating journey through her unfolding family history. As we learned in her first blog post ‘Another Country Called Home’, Alexandra knew very little about her Latvian family history when she embarked on this journey three years ago.  Her father had … Continue reading All That Remains by Alexandra Mazers