How Young Holocaust Survivors Rebuilt Their Lives

France, Israel, and the United States
Ouzan, Francoise S.
Distribution: World
Publication date: 12/21/2017
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-03395-6
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Drawing on testimonies, memoirs, and personal interviews of Holocaust survivors, Françoise S. Ouzan reveals how the experience of Nazi persecution impacted their personal reconstruction, rehabilitation, and reintegration into a free society. She sheds light on the life trajectories of various groups of Jews, including displaced persons, partisan fighters, hidden children, and refugees from Nazism. Ouzan show that personal success is not only a unifying factor among these survivors, but is part of an ethos that unified ideas of homeland, social justices, togetherness, and individual aspirations in the redemptive experience. Exploring how Holocaust survivors rebuilt their lives after World War II, Ouzan show how they coped with adversity and psychic trauma to contribute to the culture and society of the country of resisdence.

Author Bio

Françoise S. Ouzan is Senior Researcher at the Goldstein-Goren Diaspora Research Center of Tel Aviv Univesity. She has published widely on displaced persons, antisemitism, and American Jewry and is editor (with Dalla Ofer) of Holocaust Survivors, Resettlement, Memories, Identities and (with Manfred Gersternfeld) of Postwar Jewish Identity and Rebirth.

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