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After the Holocaust : rebuilding Jewish lives in postwar Germany / Michael Brenner ; translated from the german by Barbara Harshav.

By: Brenner, Michael, 1964-.
Contributor(s): Mazal Holocaust Collection.
Material type: TextTextCopyright date: ©1997Description: x, 196 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0691026653; 9780691026657; 0691006792; 9780691006796.Uniform titles: Nach dem Holocaust. English Subject(s): Jews -- Germany -- History -- 1945-1990 | Holocaust survivors -- Germany | Germany -- History -- 1945-1955 | Germany -- Ethnic relations | Ethnic relations | Holocaust survivors | Jews | Germany | Joden | 1945-1990Genre/Form: History.DDC classification: 943/.004924 Other classification: 71.37
Contents:
Liberated--but not free -- Culture behind barbed wire -- Autonomy and emigration -- Yekkes and Ostjuden -- Victims and defeated -- The establishment of Jewish life -- 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.
From Auerbach to Nachmann -- Demographic development -- On the other side of the wall -- Jewish identity in postwar Germany -- Religious and cultural life -- Jewish culture without Jews? -- Interview with Ignatz Bubis, president of the Central Council of the Jews in Germany, on the situation of German Jewry (July 1994).
Summary: 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.--Publisher description.
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DS135.G33 B7513 1997 (Browse shelf) Available 0000002328748

Includes bibliographical references (pages 163-171) and index.

Liberated--but not free -- Culture behind barbed wire -- Autonomy and emigration -- Yekkes and Ostjuden -- Victims and defeated -- The establishment of Jewish life -- 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.

From Auerbach to Nachmann -- Demographic development -- On the other side of the wall -- Jewish identity in postwar Germany -- Religious and cultural life -- Jewish culture without Jews? -- Interview with Ignatz Bubis, president of the Central Council of the Jews in Germany, on the situation of German Jewry (July 1994).

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.--Publisher description.

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CHOICE Review

Using interviews with such persons as a rabbi who was one of Leo Baeck's last students as well as scholarly works, Brenner has carefully analyzed the first five postwar years in Germany, which witnessed the restoration of Jewish life. The horrors of the liberation period, in which Jews as Displaced Persons were held in camps until places for settlement could be found, are carefully studied. In the final portion of his book, Brenner briefly traces Jewish life in Germany up to the present and asks whether Jews there will ever be able to carve out an identity. He provides some interesting sidelights on the Jewish acculturation into postwar Germany. In 1946, for example, a Jewish newspaper advertised Jewish grandmothers at black market prices, because many Germans wanted Jewish friends to prove that they were no longer antisemitic. This is a fascinating book that shows how religion and culture interact as the German Jewish people try to anchor both their Jewish and German identities. Upper-division undergraduates and above. D. J. Dietrich Boston College

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Michael Brenner is Professor of Jewish History and Culture at the University of Munich and previously taught at Brandeis University. He is the author of The Renaissance of Jewish Culture in Weimar Germany and coauthor of German-Jewish History in Modern Times .

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