Jews, Germans and Allies Close Encounters in Occupied Germany

ISBN-10: 069114317X
ISBN-13: 9780691143170
Edition: 2009
Authors: Atina Grossmann
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Book details

Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 8/30/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

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 Alliesdraws upon the wealth of diary and memoir literature 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, returning political exiles, Jews emerging from hiding, and ethnic German refugees fleeing the East. She chronicles the hunger, disease, and homelessness, the fraternization with Allied occupiers, and the complexities of navigating a world where the commonplace mingled with the horrific. Grossmann untangles the stories of Jewish survivors inside and outside the displaced-persons camps of the American zone as they built families and reconstructed identities while awaiting emigration to Palestine or the United States. She examines how Germans and Jews interacted and 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 Alliesshows how Jews were integral participants in postwar Germany and bridges the divide that still exists today between German history and Jewish studies.

List of Illustrations
Preface: Where is Feldafing?
Abbreviations
Introduction: Entangled Histories and Close Encounters
"Poor Germany": Berlin and the Occupation
Gendered Defeat: Rape, Motherhood, and Fraternization
"The survivors were few and the dead were many": Jews in Occupied Berlin
The Saved and Saving Remnant: Jewish Displaced Persons in the American Zone
Mir Zaynen Do: Sex, Work, and the DP Baby Boom
Conclusion: The "Interregnum" Ends
Abbreviations in Notes
Notes
Select Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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