Between Sorrow and Strength

Between Sorrow and Strength : Women Refugees of the Nazi Period

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Many refugees of the Nazi period have attracted considerable scholarly attention. Einstein, Thomas Mann, Hannah Arendt, among others, are all famous examples. In contrast, little is known about the lives of more typical refugees, their everyday lives in exile and emigration, their daily pain, sorrow, and underlying strength. This study shows, for the first time, how refugee women during the Nazi period endured, examining their important role in the survival of their families, and the meaning of exile and emigration for their future lives and careers. Between Sorrow and Strength combines essays by noted scholars in the field with eyewitness reports from contemporaries. It reveals a great deal about the role of women in the history of Jewish, as well as non-Jewish, emigration from Europe during the Nazi era.
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"Taken together, the twenty-three contributions make a compelling case for a gender-specific treatment of the refugee experience." German Studies Review "Sibylle Quack and the contributors to this volume can be congratulated. Between Sorrow and Strength is an important collection of reports and essays on a subject that most scholars have neglected for too long: women refugees from Nazi Europe...a fascinating collection..." Doris L. Bergen, German Politics and Society
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Prologue: Jewish women in Nazi Germany before the emigration Marion Kaplan; Part I. A Global Search for Refuge: 1. Jewish women exiled in France after 1933 Rita Thalman; 2. Arrival at Camp de Gurs: an eyewitness report Elizabeth Marum Lunau; 3. Women emigres in England Marion Berghahn; 4. England: an eyewitness report Susanne Miller; 5. Women emigres in Palestine: an eyewitness report Rachel Cohn; 6. Naturally, many things were strange, but I could adapt: women emigres in the Netherlands Ursula Langkau-Alex; 7. Refugee women from Czechoslovakia in Canada: an eyewitness report Wilma Iggers; 8. Women in the Shanghai Jewish refugee community David Kranzler; 9. Shanghai: an eyewitness report Illo Heppner; 10. German-Jewish women in Brazil: autobiography as cultural history Katherine Morris; 11. A year in the Brazilian interior: an eyewitness report Eleanor Alexander; Part II. Refuge in the United States: Community and Institutions: 12. Women's role in the German Jewish immigrant community Steven Lowenstein; 13. Listen sensitively and act spontaneously - but skillfully: selfhelp: an eyewitness report Gabriele Schiff; 14. The National Council of Jewish Women and German-Jewish immigration Linda G. Kuzmack; 15. The Genossinnen and the Khaverim: Socialist women from the German-speaking lands and the American Jewish labor movement, 1939-45 Jack Jacobs; Part III. Occupations of Women Emigres: 16. New women in exile: German women doctors and the emigration Atina Grossmann; 17. Women emigre psychologists and psychoanalysis in the United States Mitchell G. Ash; 18. Destination social work - emigres in a women's profession Joachim Wieler; 19. Chicken farming: not a dream but a nightmare: an eyewitness report Eva Neisser; 20. The occupation of women emigres: women lawyers in the United States Frank Mecklenburg; 21. Fashioning Fortuna's whim: German-speaking women emigrant historians in the United States Catherine Epstein; 22. Exile or emigration: social democratic women members of the Reichstag in the United States Christl Wickert; 23. Women's voices in American exile Guy Stern and Brigitte V. Sumann; Epilogue: the first sex Peter Gay.
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