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The majority of European Jewish children alive in 1939 were murdered during the Holocaust. Of 1.5 million children, only an estimated 150,000 survived. In the aftermath of the Shoah, efforts by American Jews brought several thousand of these child survivors to the United States. In Child Survivors of the Holocaust, historian Beth B. Cohen weaves together survivor testimonies and archival documents to bring their story to light. She reveals that even as child survivors were resettled and “saved,” they struggled to adapt to new lives as members of adoptive families, previously unknown American Jewish kin networks, or their own survivor relatives. Nonetheless, the youngsters moved ahead. As Cohen demonstrates, the experiences both during and after the war shadowed their lives and relationships through adulthood, yet an identity as “survivors” eluded them for decades. Now, as the last living link to the Holocaust, the voices of Child Survivors are finally being heard. 

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Acronyms
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Prologue
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-11
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  1. Chapter 1. Liberation: Battles after the War
  2. pp. 12-32
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  1. Chapter 2. “Our Greatest Treasures”: America Responds
  2. pp. 33-49
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  1. Chapter 3. In America: War Orphans Find Home
  2. pp. 50-68
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  1. Chapter 4. No Happy Endings: Postwar Reconstituted Families
  2. pp. 69-87
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  1. Chapter 5. Growing Up in America: Lingering Memories and the US Context
  2. pp. 88-111
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  1. Chapter 6. Where Was God?: Child Survivors and Jewish Identity
  2. pp. 112-130
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  1. Chapter 7. “Finding a Voice for Our Silence”: Claiming Identity as Child Survivors
  2. pp. 131-150
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  1. Conclusion. The Road to Repair
  2. pp. 151-162
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 163-164
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 165-168
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 169-198
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 199-206
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 207-214
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 215-216
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813584997
Related ISBN
9780813584973
MARC Record
OCLC
1028552856
Pages
230
Launched on MUSE
2018-03-18
Language
English
Open Access
No
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