After the Girls Club

After the Girls Club : How Teenaged Holocaust Survivors Built New Lives in America

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After World War II the Girls Club of Brooklyn, New York, became home and safe haven to a small group of young women, orphaned in the Holocaust, whose stories represent the experiences of tens of thousands of child survivors. This book follows them from childhood to the present as they, contrary to early predictions, built new and successful lives in America. In old age the women, once again, are defying bleak expectations.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 204 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 17.78mm | 476.27g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739146068
  • 9780739146064

Table of contents

1 A Meeting with Holocaust Survivors 2 Table of Contents 3 Preface and Acknowledgements Chapter 4 1. Introduction: The Women and the Girls Club Chapter 5 2. Lodz: A Path to the Ghetto Chapter 6 3. Growing up: Coming of Age in a Nightmare Chapter 7 4. Sh'erit ha-Pletah: The "Surviving Remnant" Chapter 8 5. America: A Home at the Girls Club Chapter 9 6. After the Girls Club: Settling In, Settling Down Chapter 10 7. Betty and Lucy: Different Forks in the Road Chapter 11 8. Child Survivors in Old Age: The Aging Women 12 Bibliography 13 Index
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Review quote

Carole Ford's sensitive profile of young Holocaust survivors whose lives intertwine at the Girls' Club in Brooklyn sheds light on the challenges of forging a new life alone. The Club gave them opportunities for friendship, education and enabled them to rebuild their lives. Theirs are compelling narratives, told with compassion and grace. As we get to know them, we also find that we like them and celebrate their joys as they become wives and mothers, housewives, students, professionals, community volunteers, and very doting grandmothers. Despite their horrific experiences in Nazi occupied Poland, most of them refused to be victimized further and instead overcame the odds and led fulfilling and happy lives." -- Myrna Goldenberg, coauthor of Testimony, Tensions, and Tikkun: Teaching the Holocaust in Colleges and Universities Carole Bell Ford gets at and renders with clarity and sensitivity the life histories of a fascinating group of young female Holocaust survivors. These histories are complex, filled with irony, ambiguity and compassion -in short, humanity. Without extraneous academic apparatus, and without falling into the trap of seeing horrific experience as somehow making its victims 'better for it,' Ford and her interlocutors tell us something very important, and yes, even hopeful about human resilience. -- Gerald Sorin, Distinguished Professor of Jewish and American Studies State University of New York at New Paltz
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About Carole Bell Ford

Carole Bell Ford is professor emerita at Empire State College, SUNY.
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