The Lost Children

The Lost Children

by Tara Zahra

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World War II tore apart an unprecedented number of families. This is the heartbreaking story of the humanitarian organizations, governments, and refugees that tried to rehabilitate Europe’s lost children from the trauma of war, and in the process shaped Cold War ideology, ideals of democracy and human rights, and modern visions of the family.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674061378
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 09/09/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 996,651
File size: 508 KB

About the Author

Tara Zahra is Associate Professor of History at the University of Chicago.

Table of Contents

Contents Preface Introduction: Civilization in Disarray 1. The Quintessential Victims of War 2. Saving the Children 3. A “Psychological Marshall Plan” 4. Renationalizing Displaced Children 5. Children as Spoils of War in France 6. Ethnic Cleansing and the Family in Czechoslovakia 7. Repatriation and the Cold War 8. From Divided Families to a Divided Europe Archival Sources and Abbreviations Notes Index

What People are Saying About This

Norman Naimark

Zahra deftly draws important lessons about conceptions of childhood and nationality from the ways international organizations, individual countries, and families themselves sought to rebuild shattered lives. An essential contribution to our understanding of a refashioned postwar world.

Norman Naimark, author of Stalin's Genocides

Robert Moeller

Beautifully written and exhaustively researched, The Lost Children makes the story of family reconstruction central to the history of social and political reconstruction in the years following the end of the Second World War.
Robert Moeller, the University of California, Irvine

Samuel Moyn

Across a European landscape shattered by the death and displacement of World War II and the Holocaust, an extraordinary humanitarian agenda crystallized: saving the children. Tara Zahra's elegantly written history brilliantly reconstructs the moment, offering a breakthrough example of the new transnational European history.
Samuel Moyn, author of The Last Utopia

Larry Wolff

A fascinating, important, and highly original book which considers the implications and consequences of World War II for children.

Larry Wolff, author of Inventing Eastern Europe

Atina Grossmann

Innovative and compelling, Zahra's book brilliantly challenges our understandings of trauma, relief, and rehabilitation, carefully elucidating the competing and highly ideologized claims on children by family and nation after a war that had devastated both.

Atina Grossmann, author of Jews, Germans, and Allies

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