This book is part of a wider project, funded by a Leadership Fellowship award from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, that included a display at Imperial War Museum North. I am grateful to the AHRC for the Fellowship award and to Gillian Gray at the AHRC for all her support. The data collected from this project is available at http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/26657/
In the early stages of the project, I developed the research through two other Fellowships—one at Australian National University and the other at the University of Tasmania. Thanks are due to both institutions for these awards. I am also very grateful to the University of Huddersfield and to my colleagues there for all the support I was given in the middle and later stages of the project.
I owe a great debt to Janette Martin and Rob Light for the brilliant work they did on the project in 2015. Thanks also to all the people interviewed by Janette and Rob—Ray Costello, Maria Cunningham, Joseph Drylaga, Zbigniew and Genia Dzeurman, Richard and Elizabeth Flammer, Yvonne Foley, Susanne Medas, Jan Niczyterowizc, Sue Pearson, Fred Sichert, Zbigniew Siemaszko, Peter and Edith Sinclair, Jack and Doreen Stang, and Irena Zientek. I was provided with invaluable information, suggestions, and support by Suzanne Bardgett, John Belchem, Nick Chapman, Peter Devitt, Peter Elliott, Robert Faber, Frank Grombir, Thomas Hajkowski, Steven O’Connor, Liz Pente, Wendy Ugolini, and Paul Ward. Thanks also to the people who sent me photographs and documents about members of their family and gave me permission to use them—Michael Jaffé, Kathy Lowe, Kawana Pohe, John and Jane Sheppard, Anna Siemaszko, and Peter Zimmermann. I am particularly grateful to Anna Siemaszko for translating passages from her father’s published work into English.
I presented earlier versions of this work at seminars and conferences held by Australian National University, the Centre for Contemporary British History, the Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam, (p.viii) and at the Universities of Leeds, London, Huddersfield, Nottingham, Sheffield, Strathclyde, Sussex, Tasmania, Texas at Austin, and York. Presenting a paper drawn from the project at John MacKenzie’s Festschrift was a particular pleasure. My thanks go to all those who organized and participated in these events and helped me to clarify and refine my ideas. At Oxford University Press, Stephanie Ireland and Cathryn Steele provided excellent support. For their work on the display at Imperial War Museum North, I am particularly grateful to Sophie Loftus and Claire Wilson. Will Kaufman came up with a title when I was struggling to find one.
Chapter 3 draws on an article in Twentieth Century British History: ‘Enemies, Allies and Transnational Histories: Germans, Irish and Italians in Second World War Britain’. Chapter 6 draws on an article in Women’s History Review: ‘ “Fit to Fight, Fit to Mix”: Sexual Patriotism in Second World War Britain’.