Women Of Exile

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Lixl-Purcell . . . has chosen twenty-six from the hundreds of unpublished memoirs he researched. They are arranged in three sections--Persecution and Displacement, Exile and War, and Exile in Hindsight. Much of the power of their stories lies in their matter-of-fact and straightforward telling of their fears, narrow escapes, sorrows, and triumphs. There are narratives describing women's social, cultural and political networks before and after immigration, the isoilated struggles of individuals, their work as ...

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Overview

Lixl-Purcell . . . has chosen twenty-six from the hundreds of unpublished memoirs he researched. They are arranged in three sections--Persecution and Displacement, Exile and War, and Exile in Hindsight. Much of the power of their stories lies in their matter-of-fact and straightforward telling of their fears, narrow escapes, sorrows, and triumphs. There are narratives describing women's social, cultural and political networks before and after immigration, the isoilated struggles of individuals, their work as legal or illegal aliens abroad, and their involvement with underground resistance movements. American Library Book RevieW

Women's exile autobiographies, written usually for an audience of relatives and fellow travellers, are rarely made available to the public. This is particularly true for Jewish women who fled Germany after Hitler's rise to power in 1933. In this unusual volume, the memoirs, diaries, and letters of twenty-six of these extraordinary women are published together for the first time. Their recollections paint a provocative profile of exile life and cover a broad spectrum of emigre history on every continent. While each memoir voices an intensely personal explanation, their combined effect is to launch a radical reinterpretation of women's roles, fates, and destinies.

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ANDREAS LIXL-PURCELL is Assistant Professor of German at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he teaches modern literature and culture.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Women of Exile: Isolation as Identity

Persecution and Displacement

Ruth Sass-Glaser, Growing Up in Germany

Margot Bloch-Wresinski, Immigration to Palestine

Bertha Katz, My World Fell to Pieces

Erika Bond, Among the First Refugees

Toni Sender, Escape From Terror

Anonymous, There Was No Going Back

Thekla Kauffman, German-Jewish Children's Aid

Nora Rosenthal, Disillusionment

Hertha Beuthner, On the Train to Moscow

Marta Feuchtwanger, Transit

Alice Oppenheimer, A Few Days of My Life

Annemarie Wolfram, At the Border

Exile and War

Elizabeth Bamberger, Emigration or Deportation

Esti Freud, Beyond My Understanding

Ellen Schoenheimer, Refugee Life in France

Charlotte Singer, From the Diary of a Refugee

Grete Fischer, "Club 1943"

Paul Littauer, Berlin and Brussels 1942-1944

Ellen Drobatschewski, In Hiding

Kate Mendels, Exile in Australia

Lucie Begov, With My Own Eyes

Exile in Hindsight

Johanna Neumann, End of the War

Else Gerstel, Times Have Changed

Ruth Michaelis-Jena, Post-War Germany

Hilde Domin, Among Acrobats and Birds

Charlotte Stein-Pick, Afterword

Selected Bibliography

Index

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