Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Survivors, not refugees

Short List of Change Makers who once were refugees
There are several similar lists available on the Internet. Some are limited, other very extensive, and almost every list misses some key individuals. I've tried to compile a shorter list, of high impact individuals the general public can identify, relate to and recognize their achievement and work, based on common sense, current trends, general and  popular culture.


  • Frederic Chopin
  • Gilberto Gil
  • M.I.A.
  • Miriam Makeba
  • Freddie Mercury.
  • Béla Bartók.
  • Gloria Estefan.
  • Wyclef Jean.
  • Von Trapp family (Sound of Music)


  • Thomas Mann.
  • Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.
  • Isabel Allende.
  • Victor Hugo.
  • Khalil Gibran.


  • Milos Forman.
  • Marlene Dietrich.
  • Andy García.
  • Rachel Weiz.


  • Marc Chagall.
  • Camille Pissarro.


  • Michaelle Jean.
  • Henry Kissinger.
  • Karl Marx.
  • Madeleine Albright.
  • Clara Zetkin.
  • Rigoberta Menchú.


  • Lord Maurice Saatchi and Charles Saatchi.
  • Aristotle Onassis.
  • Henry Portal.


  • Albert Einstein.
  • Karl Popper.
  • Sigmund Freud.
  • Enrico Fermi.

Some sources:

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