Afterword: From the Iron Curtain to Lampedusa

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One of my earliest childhood memories is that my father cries. He had heard on the radio news that a Czechoslovakian couple had crossed the border to Austria hidden in a truck. Just before the border, their baby had started to cry. By muffling the sound of their baby, they had killed it.

I could call what I remember ‘the facts’. They seem pretty straightforward.But what do we make of these facts? The immediate cause of death of the baby seems clear, but does causality stop there? Do we include the decision of the parents to make a perilous journey...
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBorder Deaths
Subtitle of host publicationCauses, Dynamics and Consequences of Migration-related Mortality
EditorsTamara Last, Paolo Cuttitta
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherAmsterdam University Press
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9789048550203
ISBN (Print)9789463722322
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019


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