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Safe Among the Germans By Ruth Gay

Safe Among the Germans
by Ruth Gay

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This volume tells the story of why a quarter of a million Jews, survivors of death camps and forced labour, sought refuge in Germany after World War II. Facing death in Poland, and with the rest of the world largely closed to them, they found safety in the Allied Occupation Forces in Germany.
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Safe Among the Germans: Liberated Jews After World War II by Ruth Gay

This volume tells the little-known story of why a quarter of a million Jews, survivors of death camps and forced labour, sought refuge in Germany after World War II. Those who had ventured to return to Poland after liberation soon found that their homeland had become a new killing ground, where some 1500 Jews were murdered in pogroms between 1945 and 1947. Facing death at home, and with Palestine and the rest of the world largely closed to them, they looked for a place to be safe and found it in the shelter of the Allied Occupation Forces in Germany. By 1950 a little community of 20,000 Jews remained in Germany: 8000 native German Jews and 12,000 from Eastern Europe. Ruth Gay examines their contrasting lives in the two post-war Germanies. After the fall of Communism, the Jewish community was suddenly overwhelmed by tens of thousands of former Soviet Jews. Now there are some 100,000 Jews in Germany. The old, somewhat nostalgic life of the first post-war decades is being swept aside by radical forces from the "Lubavitcher" at one end to reform and feminism at the other. What started in 1945 as a "remnant" community has become a dynamic new centre of Jewish life.

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Safe Among the Germans Reviews


"Ruth Gay has turned her considerable talents toward post-World War II Germany and the question of how Jews could still live there after the Holocaust. Her book - the first to focus on this - is well written, both scholarly and poignantly human." - Marion Kaplan, New York University

About Ruth Gay


Ruth Gay has written extensively on Jewish history. Her other books include Jews in America A Short History and Unfinished People: Eastern European Jews Encounter America, for which she won the 1997 National Jewish Book Award for nonfiction.

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GOR007168687
Safe Among the Germans: Liberated Jews After World War II by Ruth Gay
Ruth Gay
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Yale University Press
2002-08-15
368
0300092717
9780300092714
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