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Generation exodus : the fate of young Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany

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Generation exodus : the fate of young Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany
Call No: 304.8 L31g

Call Number304.8 L31g
Dates[2001]; ©2001
Statement of ResponsibilityWalter Laqueur.
Creators & ContributorsLaqueur, Walter (author)
Summary"Some half a million Jews lived in Germany when Hitler came to power in 1933. Over the next decade, thousands would flee. Among these refugees, teens and young adults formed a remarkable generation. Born between 1914 and 1928, they were old enough to appreciate the loss of their homeland and the experience of flight, but often young and flexible enough to survive and even flourish in new environments. Many would go on to make great contributions to their new countries and to the world. The young Jews who fled the Nazis escaped to Palestine and the United States, to the Soviet Union and England, to South America and Shanghai and Australia. Some even remained in Germany, in hiding throughout the war. From a variety of backgrounds—some secular, some observant; some Zionists, some German patriots; some poor, some well-to-do—they are united by the experience of flight from Nazi persecution during their formative years. This generation has produced such disparate figures as Henry Kissinger and 'Dr. Ruth' Westheimer; noted academics and political leaders of both Israel and East Germany; even a Benedictine abbot, a Hindu guru, and a West African chieftain. Drawing on interviews, published and unpublished memoirs, and his own experiences, Walter Laqueur... combines these numerous individual stories and experiences to paint a vivid collective portrait of Generation Exodus." —Book jacket
Contents
  • Introduction: Growing Up between Weimar and Hitler
  • Escape
  • Resistance
  • Israel: Immigration Jeckepotz
  • United States: Golden Country behind Paper Walls
  • World Revolution, or the Dream That Failed
  • Britain: Forever Refugees?
  • The Great Dispersal: Hotel Bolivia and Hotel Shanghai
  • Returning to Germany
  • Portrait of a Generation
Physical Description xvii, 345 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Carrier Typevolume
LanguageEnglish
PublisherHanover, NH : Brandeis University Press, Published by University Press of New England
Notes
  • "Originally published in German as Geboren in Deutschland : Der Exodus der jüdischen Jugend nach 1933 by Propyläen in 2000" —Title page verso
  • Includes bibliographical references and index
RecognitionGifted in 2009 by Robert & Marilyn Krell in honour of Alex Buckman, a child Holocaust survivor who was hidden in Belgium