Jewish Youth And Identity In Postwar France: Rebuilding Family And Nation

Hardcover | September 28, 2015

byDaniella Doron

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At the end of World War II, French Jews faced a devastating demographic reality: thousands of orphaned children, large numbers of single-parent households, and families in emotional and financial distress. Daniella Doron suggests that after years of occupation and collaboration, French Jews and non-Jews held contrary opinions about the future of the nation and the institution of the family. At the center of the disagreement was what was to become of the children. Doron traces emerging notions about the postwar family and its role in strengthening Jewish ethnicity and French republicanism in the shadow of Vichy and the Holocaust.

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At the end of World War II, French Jews faced a devastating demographic reality: thousands of orphaned children, large numbers of single-parent households, and families in emotional and financial distress. Daniella Doron suggests that after years of occupation and collaboration, French Jews and non-Jews held contrary opinions about the...

Daniella Doron is Lecturer in Jewish history at Monash University where she teaches courses on modern Jewish history, the Holocaust, and the history of the family.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:330 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:September 28, 2015Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253017416

ISBN - 13:9780253017413

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
1. "Their Children? Our Children!:" Holocaust Memory in Postwar France
2. "A Drama of Faith and Family:" Custody Disputes in Postwar France
3. Notre Vie en Commune: The Family Versus the Children's Home
4. The Homes of Hope?: Trauma, Universal Victimhood, and Universalism
5. From Competition to Cooperation: Redefining Jewish Identities
Conclusion
Notes
Works Cited
Index

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"Doron's book appears at a key moment. Its emphasis on children emerging from hunger, displacement and war should render it standard reading for policymakers, NGOs and others interested in shaping the destinies of today's abandoned children." -French History