Against All Odds: Holocaust Surviviors and the Successful Lives they Made in America / Edition 2

Against All Odds: Holocaust Surviviors and the Successful Lives they Made in America / Edition 2

by William B. Helmreich
     
 

Against All Odds is the first comprehensive look at the 140,000 Jewish Holocaust survivors who came to America and the lives they have made here. William Helmreich writes of their experiences beginning with their first arrival in the United States: the mixed reactions they encountered from American Jews who were not always eager to receive them; their

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Against All Odds is the first comprehensive look at the 140,000 Jewish Holocaust survivors who came to America and the lives they have made here. William Helmreich writes of their experiences beginning with their first arrival in the United States: the mixed reactions they encountered from American Jews who were not always eager to receive them; their choices about where to live in America; and their efforts in finding marriage partners with whom they felt most comfortable—most often other survivors.

In preparation, Helmreich spent more than six years traveling the United States, listening to the personal stories of hundreds of survivors, and examining more than 15,000 pages of data as well as new material from archives that have never before been available to create this remarkable, groundbreaking work. What emerges is a picture that is sharply different from the stereotypical image of survivors as people who are chronically depressed, anxious, and fearful.

This intimate, enlightening work explores questions about prevailing over hardship and adversity: how people who have gone through such experiences pick up the threads of their lives; where they obtain the strength and spirit to go on; and, finally, what lessdns the rest of us can learn about overcoming tragedy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560008651
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
01/01/1995
Series:
Judaica and Hebraica
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
356
Sales rank:
989,554
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.74(d)

Meet the Author

William B. Helmreich is professor of sociology at CUNY Graduate Center and City College of New York and served as director of the Center for Jewish Studies at Queens College. He is author of eleven books, including The World of the Yeshiva: An Intimate Portrait of American Orthodoxy and Against All Odds: Holocaust Survivors and the Successful Lives They Made in America, which won the 1993 National Jewish Book Award.

William B. Helmreich is professor of sociology at CUNY Graduate Center and City College of New York and served as director of the Center for Jewish Studies at Queens College. He is author of eleven books, including The World of the Yeshiva: An Intimate Portrait of American Orthodoxy and Against All Odds: Holocaust Survivors and the Successful Lives They Made in America, which won the 1993 National Jewish Book Award.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Transaction Edition5
Acknowledgments9
Introduction13
1Beginnings of a New Life19
2The Struggle to Rebuild58
3Making a Living in America86
4All for the Children120
5The Social World of the Survivor148
6Reaching Out183
7Living with Memories217
8Overcoming Tragedy263
Methodological Note277
Source Notes280
Index333

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