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MissingPersons and Politics$
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Jenny Edkins

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801450297

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801450297.001.0001

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Tracing Services

Tracing Services

(p.58) Chapter 3 Tracing Services

Jenny Edkins

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the official and unofficial tracing services that were set up in Europe in the aftermath of World War II as well as the tensions and disagreements that the demand to trace the missing produced in the various military, civilian, and voluntary agencies. It considers the attempts of senior women in the British Red Cross and the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) to bring a particular sort of order to the chaos that was Europe. It shows that the authorities prioritized the control of populations on the move rather than the business of tracing missing persons. It also highlights the conflict between the politics of who should be helped and the concern of voluntary agencies to help everyone, even former enemies.

Keywords:   tracing services, Europe, World War II, voluntary agencies, missing persons, senior women, British Red Cross, UNRRA, politics

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