Laimonis Mierins: a Latvian exile / DP artist in Great Britain (post Second World War)

This post follows on from the blog article I wrote about Latvian DP artist Nikolajs Soikans, who came to Britain in 1947, on the European Volunteer Worker (EVW) Schemes.  Soikans expressed his experiences as a refugee in his lino and woodblock prints, during his initial years of resettlement in Britain.  Alongside Soikans, came other Latvian artists, some emerging, others already established, who had also been … Continue reading Laimonis Mierins: a Latvian exile / DP artist in Great Britain (post Second World War)

My experiences as a child of Estonian EVW parents, by Juri Noot

Introduction by Emily Gilbert I am delighted to present the experiences of Juri Noot, an Estonian who came to Britain after the Second World War with his family.  Like thousands of other Latvians, Lithuanians and Estonians, Juri and his family had been displaced from their homeland during the Second World War, in their case, Juri’s father had been forcibly recruited into the Russian army and … Continue reading My experiences as a child of Estonian EVW parents, by Juri Noot

Christmas and New Year in Latvia and Lithuania 1997

As Christmas 2017 approaches at the end of another busy year, I recall Christmas and New Year 1997, twenty years ago, when I visited Latvia and Lithuania over the festive season. At that time, I was studying for my PhD about Latvians, Lithuanians and Estonians in Britain, and was travelling to these countries two or three times a year.  I allowed myself another trip at … Continue reading Christmas and New Year in Latvia and Lithuania 1997

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