Jewish Youth and Identity in Postwar France

Jewish Youth and Identity in Postwar France : Rebuilding Family and Nation

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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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Product details

  • Hardback | 330 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 22.86mm | 37g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 3 b&w illus.
  • 0253017416
  • 9780253017413
  • 2,125,787

Review quote

The present volume makes an important contribution to the history of the Jewish family and of French Judaism in the first decade after the war. * American Historical Review * 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 * Ultimately, this comprehensive study highlights the debates surrounding family and identity as French Jewish communities slowly recovered and reestablished their place in the French nation. Historically grounded, well organized, and engaging. . . . Highly recommended. * Choice * The value of Daniella Doron's deft and far-reaching study of the debates and institutions centered on Jewish children in post-Vichy France extends far beyond the author's rather modest assessment of the book's contribution to historical scholarship. This work not only adds knowledge to a number of intersecting fields, it also demonstrates what we stand to gain by bringing these fields to bear on one another. * Journal of Modern History * This work ultimately fills an important gap in the scholarship, and it will serve as a bridge between the

numerous studies on the Holocaust and those that examine the impact of the North African Jewish

migration. * H-France * Daniella Doron's recent book is a welcome contribution to French history and the history of childhood and will interest advanced students and scholars in these areas. * AJS Review *
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About Daniella Doron

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.
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Table of contents

List of Abbreviations
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
Works Cited
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