Holocaust Survivors in Postwar Germany, 1945?1957

Holocaust Survivors in Postwar Germany, 1945?1957

by Margarete Myers Feinstein


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Stranded in Germany after the Second World War, 300,000 Holocaust survivors began to rebuild their lives while awaiting emigration. Brought together by their shared persecution, Jewish displaced persons forged a vibrant community, redefining Jewish identity after Auschwitz. Asserting their dignity as Jews, they practiced Jewish rituals, created new families, embraced Zionism, agitated against British policies in Palestine, and tried to force Germans to acknowledge responsibility for wartime crimes. In Holocaust Survivors in Postwar Germany, Margarete Myers Feinstein uses survivor memoirs and interviews, allowing the reader to "hear" the survivors' voices, focusing on the personal aspects of the transition to normalcy. Unlike previous political histories, this study emphasizes Jewish identity and cultural life after the war.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107670198
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 07/17/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 342
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Margarete Myers Feinstein is Senior Research Scholar at The Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights at Claremont McKenna College. Interested in questions of identity and legacies of the Nazi regime, her research has focused on postwar German national identity and Jewish displaced persons. She is the author of State Symbols: The Quest for Legitimacy in the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic, 1949�959 as well as numerous articles.

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Bamidbar: in the wilderness; 2. The living and the dead; 3. The new Jewish man and woman; 4. Guarantors of the future: DP children; 5. Performing identity and building community; 6. Out of the wilderness; Conclusion.

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