A Small Price to Pay

A Small Price to Pay

Refugees from Hitler in New Zealand 1936–46

For European refugees arriving in the 1930s, New Zealand was in many ways a haven. It wasn't all easy: they came from a continent rich in culture and history to a small isolated country with little social diversity. The immigrants found prejudice and suspicion as well as a place they could one day call their own. But the difficulties were 'a small price to pay' for freedom and survival.

A Small Price to Pay tells the story of the refugees' flight to New Zealand, and what they found here. Based on interviews with thirty-two former refugees, this book is the first to document in detail their experiences.

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Table of contents


1. The Unwanted
2. Escape to New Zealand
3. New Settlers
4. Work
5. From Refugee to Enemy Alien: The War Years
6. The War is Over

The People in the Book

Print publication:
Ebook publication: Dec 2015
Pages: 172
ISBN: 9780868616353
ISTC: A0220120000214CA
DOI: 10.7810/9780868616353

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'It is to be hoped that Ann Beaglehole's book is only the first about migrant experiences in New Zealand. New Zealanders need such records so as to be able to make better informed judgments about migrants and immigrant policies and about their society today.' Ann Trotter, New Zealand Journal of History, 1989