Between Sorrow and Strength: Women Refugees of the Nazi Period

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Refugees of the Nazi period have attracted considerable attention from scholars. Albert Einstein, Thomas Mann, and Hannah Arendt, among others, are famous examples. In contrast, little is known about the daily lives of more typical refugees, their experiences in exile and emigration, their sorrows and their underlying strength. This volume shows how refugee women endured during the Nazi period, underscores their important role in the survival of their families, and explores the meaning of exile and emigration for their future lives and careers. Between Sorrow and Strength unites essays by noted scholars in the field and eyewitness reports from contemporaries who relate their actual experiences. This combination is particularly well suited to reveal a gender perspective on the history of Jewish as well as non-Jewish emigration from Europe during the Nazi era.
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"Taken together, the twenty-three contributions make a compelling case for a gender-specific treatment of the refugee experience." German Studies Review

"Sibylle Quack and the contributors to this volume can be congratulated. Between Sorrow and Strength is an important collection of reports and essays on a subject that most scholars have neglected for too long: women refugees from Nazi Europe....a fascinating collection...." Doris L. Bergen, German Politics and Society

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Introduction 1
Prologue: Jewish Women in Nazi Germany Before Emigration 11
1 Jewish Women Exiled in France After 1933 51
2 Arrival at Camp de Gurs: An Eyewitness Report 63
3 Women Emigres in England 69
4 England: An Eyewitness Report 81
5 Women Emigres in Palestine: An Eyewitness Report 89
6 "Naturally, many things were strange but I could adapt": Women Emigres in the Netherlands 97
7 Refugee Women from Czechoslovakia in Canada: An Eyewitness Report 121
8 Women in the Shanghai Jewish Refugee Community 129
9 Shanghai: An Eyewitness Report 139
10 German-Jewish Women in Brazil: Autobiography as Cultural History 147
11 A Year in the Brazilian Interior: An Eyewitness Report 159
12 Women's Role in the German-Jewish Immigrant Community 171
13 "Listen sensitively and act spontaneously - but skillfully": Selfhelp: An Eyewitness Report 185
14 "My only hope": The National Council of Jewish Women's Rescue and Aid for German-Jewish Refugees 191
15 The Genossinen and the Khaverim: Socialist Women from the German-Speaking Lands and the American Jewish Labor Movement, 1933-1945 205
16 New Women in Exile: German Women Doctors and the Emigration 215
17 Women Emigre Psychologists and Psychoanalysts in the United States 239
18 Destination Social Work: Emigres in a Women's Profession 265
19 Chicken Farming: Not a Dream but a Nightmare: An Eyewitness Report 283
20 The Occupation of Women Emigres: Women Lawyers in the United States 289
21 Fashioning Fortuna's Whim: German-Speaking Women Emigrant Historians in the United States 301
22 Exile or Emigration: Social Democratic Women Members of the Reichstag in the United States 325
23 Women's Voices in American Exile 341
Epilogue: The First Sex 353
Index 367
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