How Young Holocaust Survivors Rebuilt Their Lives: France, the United States, and Israel



Drawing on testimonies, memoirs, and personal interviews of Holocaust survivors, Françoise S. Ouzan reveals how the experience of Nazi persecution impacted their personal reconstruction, rehabilitation, and reintegration into a free society. She sheds light on the life trajectories of various groups of Jews, including displaced persons, partisan fighters, hidden children, and refugees from Nazism. Ouzan shows that personal success is not only a unifying factor among these survivors but is part of an ethos that unified ideas of homeland, social justice, togetherness, and individual aspirations in the redemptive experience. Exploring how Holocaust survivors rebuilt their lives after World War II, Ouzan tells the story of how they coped with adversity and psychic trauma to contribute to the culture and society of their country of residence.

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Indiana University Press
Publish Date
April 24, 2018
6.0 X 0.71 X 9.0 inches | 1.02 pounds
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About the Author

Françoise S. Ouzan is Senior Researcher at the Goldstein-Goren Diaspora Research Center of Tel Aviv University. Ouzan has published widely on displaced persons, antisemitism and American Jewry and recently co-edited Holocaust Survivors, Resettlement, Memories, Identities and Postwar Jewish Identity and Rebirth.



[Ouzan's] writing shines light to the world through the individual stories of people who came through darkness and showed us the way. It will certainly remain a book of courage, strength and inspiration.

"--The Jerusalem Report


Françoise Ouzan has given the now elderly survivors one last opportunity to tell their stories and to ensure that they will be preserved for their children and the children of their children.

"--Jewish Political Studies Review


In sum, the conceptual contribution of this book is important: it is a synthesis that was missing about the paradox of a 'distinct generation' wounded by their trials and yet, that came out reinforced from the destruction of the Jews.

"--Cahiers Bernard Lazare



"How Young Holocaust Survivors Rebuilt Their Lives is an important contribution to the historical record because it focuses not only on individual heart-wrenching narratives in the different countries, but it also documents the contributions of child survivors to each of their societies."

--The Hidden Child