Holocaust Survivors: Resettlement, Memories, Identities
These chapters represent selected papers presented at a workshop at the Avraham Harmon Institute of Contemporary Jewry / the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The remarks that follow are paraphrases from the Preface of this excellent volume.
Historians Ouzan and Ofer, coming from different backgrounds, became interested in the role that survivors played in the life of the Jewish and non-Jewish societies to which they immigrated. Their studies revealed a wide variety of activity and involvement in different fields of the economy, culture, and the arts as well as in shaping the memory of the Holocaust. Particularly interesting is how displaced persons navigated through various crossroads in their attempt to reach the place where they would enter their new lives. Diverse subjects covered include: what happened to the relationship and final locale of “camp sisters” after liberation; the post-war issues involved with Jewish children saved by being harbored by Polish Christians; the postwar emerging Jewish community in France, Holland, and Belgium; the status of Jews in France and their attitude about the situation; the way survivors handled their memories at different stages; the role of survivors in establishing Europe’s culture after the war and in rebuilding its economy; the ways that Jews and non-Jews in various countries shaped their post-war identities, etc.
Countries reported on include those noted above and Israel, the United States, Argentina, and Australia. Final information includes a chapter on neediness assessments and resource allocations of Jewish survivors, a bibliography, and notes on the contributors.
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