After the Holocaust Rebuilding Jewish Lives in Postwar Germany

ISBN-10: 0691006792
ISBN-13: 9780691006796
Edition: 1999
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Description: This landmark book is the first comprehensive account of the lives of the Jews who remained in Germany immediately following the war. Gathering never-before-published eyewitness accounts from Holocaust survivors, Michael Brenner presents a  More...

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Book details

List price: $32.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 4/12/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.78" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

This landmark book is the first comprehensive account of the lives of the Jews who remained in Germany immediately following the war. Gathering never-before-published eyewitness accounts from Holocaust survivors, Michael Brenner presents a remarkable history of this period. While much has been written on the Holocaust itself, until now little has been known about the fate of those survivors who remained in Germany. Jews emerging from concentration camps would learn that most of their families had been murdered and their communities destroyed. Furthermore, all Jews in the country would face the stigma of living, as a 1948 resolution of the World Jewish Congress termed it, on "bloodsoaked German soil." Brenner brings to life the psychological, spiritual, and material obstacles they surmounted as they rebuilt their lives in Germany. At the heart of his narrative is a series of fifteen interviews Brenner conducted with some of the most important witnesses who played an active role in the reconstruction--including presidents of Jewish communities, rabbis, and journalists. Based on the Yiddish and German press and unpublished archival material, the first part of this book provides a historical introduction to this fascinating topic. Here the author analyzes such diverse aspects as liberation from concentration camps, cultural and religious life among the Jewish Displaced Persons, antisemitism and philosemitism in post-war Germany, and the complex relationship between East European and German Jews. A second part consists of the fifteen interviews, conducted by Brenner, with witnesses representing the diverse background of the postwar Jewish community. While most of them were camp survivors, others returned from exile or came to Germany as soldiers of the Jewish Brigade or with international Jewish aid organizations. A third part, which covers the development of the Jewish community in Germany from the 1950s until today, concludes the book.

Preface to the English Edition
Introduction
Historical Overview
Witness Accounts
Ernest Landau: The First Days of Freedom
Julius Spokojny: Zionist Activist in the DP Camp
Arno Lustiger: Keeping the Memory Alive
Norbert Wollheim: Jewish Autonomy in the British Zone
Heinz Galinski: New Beginning of Jewish Life in Berlin
Estrongo Nachama: The Singer of Auschwitz
Nathan Peter Levinson: The Functions of a Rabbi in Postwar Germany
Josef Warscher: From Buchenwald to Stuttgart
Wolf Weil: A "Schindler Jew" in the Bavarian Province
Arno Hamburger: Coming Home in the Uniform of the Jewish Brigade
David Schuster: Restoration of a Small Jewish Community
Simon Snopkowski: The Jewish Student Association
Lilli Marx: Renewal of the German-Jewish Press
E. G. Lowenthal: On Behalf of the Jewish Aid Organization
Five Decades of Jewish Life in Postwar Germany
Interview with Ignatz Bubis, President of the Central Council of the Jews in Germany, on the Situation of German Jewry (July 1994)
Appendix: Bibliographical Essay
Notes
Index

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