Never Look Back: The Jewish Refugee Children in Great Britain, 1938-1945

Never Look Back: The Jewish Refugee Children in Great Britain, 1938-1945

by Judith Tydor Baumel-Schwartz


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ISBN-13: 9781557536129
Publisher: Purdue University Press
Publication date: 06/15/2012
Series: Shofar Supplements in Jewish Studies Series
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Judy Tydor Baumel-Schwartz is the chair of the Graduate Program in Contemporary Jewry and associate professor at the Israel and Golda Koschitsky Jewish History Department at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat-Gan, Israel. She is the author of numerous books and articles, and she specializes in topics pertaining to the Holocaust, gender, memory, the State of Israel, and commemoration. Among her books are Unfulfilled Promise (Denali 1990), Kibbutz Buchenwald: Survivors and Pioneers (Rutgers 1997), Double Jeopardy: Gender and the Holocaust (Vallentine Mitchell 1998), and Perfect Heroes: The World War II Parachutists and the Making of Collective Israeli Memory (University of Wisconsin Press 2010). She is associate editor with Walter Laqueur of The Holocaust Encyclopedia (Yale University Press 2001).

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 Introduction, Rationale, and Sources 1

Part 1 January 1933-August 1939: The Prewar Hitler Era

2 Laying the Foundations: British Jewry and Refugee Organizations, 1933-38 23

3 The Turning Point: Kristallnacht 49

4 Machinery 73

5 Immigration and Resettlement 101

6 Children and Youth Aliyah 137

Part 2 The War Years

7 War and Evacuation 155

8 Internment and Deportation 181

9 The Guardianship 199

10 Epilogue and Memory 217

Timeline 247

Glossary 249

Discussion Questions 253

Bibliography 255

Index 277

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CHOICE - January 2013
Baumel-Schwa1iz, Judith Tydor. Never lool\ back: the Jewish refugee children in Great Britain, 1938-1945. Purdue,2012. 286p bib! index afp ISBN 9781557536129 pbk, $39.95; ISBN 9781612492223 e-book, contact publisher for price When Baumel-Schwa1iz began researching this book over 30 years ago (as a master's thesis), the details of the Kindertransports, which saved thousands of Jewish children from the Nazis, were barely known. Her extensively revised book appears at a time when the broad story of the Kindertransports has been more fully integrated into the general historiography about both children in the Holocaust and the refugee experience. Baumel-Schwartz has utilized most of the new research (although, curiously, not  much of the new historiography on the war itself) to present a compelling, three-dimensional picture of the origins, organization, logistics, and, in some cases, fates of those involved in those tumultuous years. In addition to examining the experience of the refugees, she considers the motivations of the Jews and Gentiles who ran the British refugee organizations, asking the oft-overlooked question: why did some people decide to help when many others remained passive observers? For example, many of the upper-class women who ran refugee organizations were inspired by a Victorian sense of philanthropy and social obligation. The author effectively integrates the stories of the refugee children into her narrative. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries. —F. Krome, University of Cincinnati—Clermont College

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