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”detta Otrevliga klientel”: En studie av de flyktingar som vårdades i Växjö mellan åren 1944 -1947.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Cultural Sciences.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
"this Unpleasent klientel" : A study on refugee care in Växjö between the years 1944 and 1947. (English)
Abstract [en]

  “this Unpleasent klientel”

A study on refugee care in Växjö between the years 1944 and 1947.

The purpose of this study was to examine the treatment of sick refugees in Växjö in the 1940s. To achieve this a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods were used. The material found in the local archive and local newspaper was then put together and analyzed from the theoretical perspective, gender, class, ethnicity and social status.

The result of this study shows that there were two main treatment wards for refugees, one that was supposed to treat women and children with active tuberculosis and the other ward treated refuges with “epidemic diseases.” Foreign citizens were also taken care of in other words that were also not meant for refugees only, like the Epidemic hospital, which treated about 80 patients of a foreign nationality between 1944 and 1946. This study shows that the patients were admitted at epidemic hospitals in different migration waves, first mostly people from Estonia, most likely people from concentration camps and then a lot of children from Dutch refugee camps in Sweden. The last group registered at the hospital where of young French women. The first waves of refugees suffered from diseases such as diphtheria and typhus, but the latter hade scarlet fever that was normal at the time in Sweden.

Of all the hundreds of foreigners that were treated in Växjö during this timeframe, their where were three different ethnic groups: Estonian, Polish and Jews that brought fought complaints about the care given to them. The complaints included everything from medical care to the living conditions, but it seems as if the complaints were of no avail.

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2012. , 55 p.
Keyword [sv]
flykting, flyktingvård, Sverige, Växjö, andra världskriget, "de vita bussarna"
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-20606OAI: diva2:538532
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Lärarprogrammet, inriktning mot verksamhet i grundskolans senare år och gymnasiet
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2012-08-08 Created: 2012-06-29 Last updated: 2012-08-08Bibliographically approved

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