There are a number of publications which describe the experiences of deportees in the Soviet Union, and a number which consider the culture and role of refugees from the Nazis in this country. There are none which connect the two. None, that is to say, which examine the experiences of the victims of Stalin and Hitler from the onset of the Second World War, when their countries were occupied, until the building of their communities in Britain after the war. This project traces the history of Soviet and Nazi occupation of Poland and the Baltic States from 1939 until 1945 and the immigration of Poles and Balts to Great Britain at the end of the war. It offers a comparison of the experience of the victims of Nazi and Soviet occupation and their afterlives.
The fight against terrorism is receiving increased awareness due to recent wor- wide large-scale terrorist acts, and only since then has some attention been directed specifically to victims of terrorism. Existing legal instruments of international b- ies like the European Union, the Council of Europe and the United Nations c- cerning victims of terrorism are relatively abstract or include victims of terrorism under the broader heading of victims of crime in general. In addition, policies and legislation relating to victims of crime or victims of terrorism vary widely on the domestic level. Against this background, the European Union commissioned a project that should aim to develop more extensive standards for the aid and ass- tance of victims of terrorism at the European level. This study provides the basis from which more extensive standards could be derived. The study focuses parti- larly on developing standards in the field of continuing assistance, access to justice, administration of justice and compensation to victims of terrorism. A novel feature of the approach is that also the possible utility of restorative justice approaches is examined. An important question to address was whether there is a real need to adopt s- cific standards for victims of terrorism, thereby implying that their needs might differ from victims of ordinary crime.
Twenty-eight year old casino worker, Giles Jones, is a disturbed and dangerous man. Having endured a tortured childhood and adolescence on account of his drug-addicted father, who later committed suicide, Giles has a lot of pent up anger. When Giles discovers that he has been defrauded of his inheritance from his late father's estate, he vows to exact his revenge. The first to die is Aylmer Jones, one of the trustees of the estate, followed by solicitor, Derek Bradshaw, who is gunned down with his wife in their home. Next Giles targets his stepmother, Coral, and her father, the other estate trustee, who has moved into Giles old family home where Giles is eventually arrested. Whilst Giles waits in prison to discover his fate, he is visited by his friend, Jessica Wu, another victim of theft and what she has to come to tell him throws him into a whole new agony of mind. Victims explores what can happen when a man is pushed to the limit and how the past impacts our present. A powerful and, in places, gruesome novel that will leave all crime fans wanting more.
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