Abstract

Abstract:

The educational and rehabilitative work that three young women carried out with uprooted child Holocaust survivors in postwar children’s homes forms the subject of the following article. These caretakers also had lost most of their families, communities, and prewar social networks. While most survivors were rebuilding their own lives, they dedicated the immediate postwar years to their work in children’s homes. The author establishes how they perceived the children and interacted with them, tracing their concerns, deliberations, and professional choices, and elucidates the practices and strategies they formulated.

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