Jews, Germans, and Allies: Close Encounters in Occupied Germany

Jews, Germans, and Allies: Close Encounters in Occupied Germany

by Atina Grossmann
     
 

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ISBN-10: 069114317X

ISBN-13: 2900691143179

Pub. Date: 08/10/2009

Publisher: Princeton University Press

In the immediate aftermath of World War II, more than a quarter-million Jewish survivors of the Holocaust lived among their defeated persecutors in the chaotic society of Allied-occupied Germany, Jews, Germans, and Allies draws upon the wealth of diary and memoir literature written by the people who lived through postwar reconstruction to trace the conflicting ways

Overview

In the immediate aftermath of World War II, more than a quarter-million Jewish survivors of the Holocaust lived among their defeated persecutors in the chaotic society of Allied-occupied Germany, Jews, Germans, and Allies draws upon the wealth of diary and memoir literature written by the people who lived through postwar reconstruction to trace the conflicting ways Jews and Germans defined their own victimization and survival, comprehended the trauma of war and genocide, and struggled to rebuild their lives.

In gripping and unforgettable detail, Atina Grossmann describes Berlin in the days following Germany's surrender---the mass rape of German women by the Red Army, the liberated slave laborers and homecoming soldiers, Jews emerging from hiding, and ethnic German refugees fleeing the East. She examines how Germans and Jews competed for Allied favor, benefits, and victim status, and how they sought to restore normality---in work, in their relationships, and in their everyday encounters.

Jews, Germans, and Allies bridges the divide that still exists today between German history and Jewish studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900691143179
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
08/10/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Preface: Where is Feldafing? xiii

Abbreviations xvii

Introduction: Entangled Histories and Close Encounters 1

Chapter 1 "Poor Germany": Berlin and the Occupation 15

Chapter 2 Gendered Defeat: Rape, Motherhood, and Fraternization 48

Chapter 3 "The survivors were few and the dead were many": Jews in Occupied Berlin 88

Chapter 4 The Saved and Saving Remnant: Jewish Displaced Persons in the American Zone 131

Chapter 5 Mir Zaynen Do: Sex, Work, and the DP Baby Boom 184

Chapter 6 Conclusion: The "Interregnum" Ends 237

Abbreviations in Notes 269

Notes 271

Select Bibliography 359

Acknowledgments 369

Index 373

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