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 both home and safe haven to orphaned teenagers who were Holocaust survivors. They are a small group, but taken together these women's stories represent the broad range of experiences that most Jews suffered during and after the Holocaust. Some endured the ghettos and camps. Some survived in hiding, with partisans, or in the remote far-eastern reaches of the Soviet Union. Consequently this collective, personal history-enriched with relevant information about places, people, events and issues-tells not only their story, but also the story of tens of thousands of child survivors. The work of scholars from various disciplines and genres provides background information and historical detail as this book traces the women's experiences from their childhood days in pre-war Europe to the present. Contrary to what early literature on child survivors predicted, they built successful lives in America.show more

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  • Electronic book text | 204 pages
  • Lexington Books
  • MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739146084
  • 9780739146088

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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"show more

About Carole Bell Ford

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

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