The article examines the case of seventy medical refugees from Nazi Europe who arrived in Turkey in the 1930s and 1940s. The relationship between Turkey and the refugees was more complex than previous accounts have indicated and can be characterized as a mixture of limited utilitarianism and evolving solidarity. The Turkish government wished to build a modern medical system and was therefore prepared to permit the immigration of foreign professionals. For the refugees, Turkey represented an escape from Nazi Germany or Austria that enabled them to continue to practise medicine.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cultural Studies