While Australian historians have written about World War Two extensively, few texts exist, however, which discuss the post-war years. Within these, fewer still explore how loved ones grappled with the return of soldiers and prisoners of war into these families. To date, no academic history nor personal memoir exists examining in detail the impact it had when their father did or did not return home. To delve into the lives of such families interviews have been conducted. Although it is primarily an oral history, in that interviews will be the main focus of analysis, the major themes were determined by using grounded theory (a sociological method). Further, psychological literature has been used to glean an understanding of traumatic memory.
|Keywords:||Oral History, World War Two, Repatriation, Family Dynamics, Childhood|
PhD Candidate, School of Historical Studies, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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