The World of Auf­bau: Hitler’s Refugees in America

Peter Schrag

  • From the Publisher
January 1, 2013

Auf­bau—a Ger­man-lan­guage week­ly, pub­lished in New York and cir­cu­lat­ed nation­wide — was an essen­tial plat­form for the gen­er­a­tion of refugees from Hitler and the dis­placed peo­ple and con­cen­tra­tion camp sur­vivors who arrived in the Unit­ed States after the war. The pub­li­ca­tion served to link thou­sands of read­ers look­ing for friends and loved ones in every part of the world. In its pages Auf­bau focused on con­cerns that strong­ly impact­ed this com­mu­ni­ty in the after­math of World War II: anti-Semi­tism in the Unit­ed States and in Europe, the ever-chang­ing immi­gra­tion and nat­u­ral­iza­tion pro­ce­dures, debates about the des­ig­na­tion of Hitler refugees as ene­my aliens, ques­tions about pun­ish­ment for the Holo­caust and oth­er Nazi crimes, the strug­gle for com­pen­sa­tion and resti­tu­tion, and the fight for a Jew­ish home­land. The book exam­ines the columns and adver­tise­ments that chron­i­cled the social and cul­tur­al life of that gen­er­a­tion and main­tained a detailed account of Ger­man-speak­ing cul­tures in exile. Peter Schrag is the first to present a defin­i­tive account of the influ­en­tial pub­li­ca­tion that brought post­war refugees togeth­er and into the Amer­i­can mainstream.

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