One only needs an island/Alone in a vast sea: we refugees – the waves of refugees of 2015/16
CITATION: Schinagl, R. C. 2019. One only needs an island/Alone in a vast sea : we refugees – the waves of refugees of 2015/16. Stellenbosch Theological Journal, 5(1):361-381, doi:10.17570/stj.2019.v5n1.a17.
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The article will demonstrate by a close reading of Hannah Arendt’s article “We Refugees” published 1943 in New York City that Germany in particular has a responsibility towards refugees seeking to reach Europe by boat. By listening to thevoice of a female refugee, the article will formulate four categories clarifying Arendt’s request to welcome newcomers. Furthermore, this article highlights how Arendt’s testimony can be transformed to act accordingly for today’s so-called refugee crisis and it challenges the concepts of “volk”, nations, and the efficiency of human rights.