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Jews in Post-Holocaust Germany, 1945-1953 - Jay Howard Geller

Jews in Post-Holocaust Germany, 1945-1953

Paperback Published: 18th April 2005
ISBN: 9780521541268
Number Of Pages: 346

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This is the story of the reemergence of the Jewish community in Germany after its near total destruction during the Holocaust. In western Germany, the community needed to overcome deep cultural, religious, and political differences before uniting. In eastern Germany, the small Jewish community struggled against communist opposition. After coalescing, both Jewish communities, largely isolated by the international Jewish community, looked to German political leaders and the two German governments for support. Through relationships with key German leaders, they achieved stability by 1953, when West Germany agreed to pay reparations to Israel and to individual Holocaust survivors and East Germany experienced a wave of antisemitic purges. Using archival materials from the Jewish communities of East and West Germany as well as governmental and political party records, Geller elucidates the reestablishment of organized Jewish life in Germany and the Jews' critical ties to political leaders.

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'His chapters on East Germany add a crucial dimension for understanding why, today, West Germans are credited with dealing with the past, whereas the East German legacy of remembering the plight of Communist resistance has all but disappeared from the public sphere.' Times Literary Supplement

List of acronyms and abbreviations
Liberation, disunity, and divided organization in Western Germany
Two communities unite in West Germany
The challenge of Jewish life under Soviet occupation
Politicians, political parties, and the Jews in West Germany, 1945-1950
Jewish organization between State and Party in East Germany
The Jewish community and the West German Government before the Luxembourg agreement
West Germany and reparations to Israel and World Jewry
The central council's external relations and internal reforms after the Luxembourg agreement
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ISBN: 9780521541268
ISBN-10: 0521541263
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 346
Published: 18th April 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.51