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The lost children : reconstructing Europe's families after World War II

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The lost children : reconstructing Europe's families after World War II
Call No: 940.53161 Z19L

Call Number940.53161 Z19L
Statement of ResponsibilityTara Zahra.
Creators & ContributorsZahra, Tara (author)
Summary"Based on original research in German, French, Czech, Polish, and American archives... The Lost Children... brings together the histories of eastern and western Europe, and traces the effort of everyone—from Jewish Holocaust survivors to German refugees, from Communist officials to American social workers—to rebuild the lives of displaced children. It reveals that many seemingly timeless ideals of the family were actually conceived in the concentration camps, orphanages, and refugee camps of the Second World War, and shows how the process of reconstruction shaped Cold War ideologies and ideas about childhood and national identity." —Book jacket
  • The quintessential victims of war
  • Saving the children
  • A "psychological Marshall Plan"
  • Renationalizing displaced children
  • Children as spoils of war in France
  • Ethnic cleansing and the family in Czechoslovakia
  • Repatriation and the Cold War
  • From divided families to a divided Europe
Physical Description xi, 308 pages ; 25 cm
Carrier Typevolume
PublisherCambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press
NotesIncludes bibliographical references (pages 251–301) and index
RecognitionGifted in 2013 by Ed & Debbie Lewin, Karen & Les Cohen, Sharon Lewin & Donald Billinkoff and all their children in loving memory of Izak & Lili Folk and Joseph & Rose Lewin