After Liberation: the Journey Home of Jewish Survivors in Poland and Slovakia, 1944-46

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dc.contributor.author CICHOPEK, Anna
dc.date.accessioned 2009-05-12T12:03:30Z
dc.date.available 2009-05-12T12:03:30Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.issn 1830-7728
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1814/11293
dc.description.abstract In this paper, I tell the stories of Jewish survivors who made their way to their hometowns in Poland and Slovakia between the fall of 1944 and summer 1948. I describe liberation by the Soviet Army and attitudes toward the liberators in Poland and Slovakia. I ask what the Jewish position was in the complex matrix of Polish-Russian relations in 1944 and 1945. Then I follow the survivors during the first hours, days, and weeks after liberation. I describe their pursuit of something to eat and wear and a place to sleep. Finally, I focus on the journey home of Jewish survivors leaving for their hometowns in the hope of finding living relatives and their homes intact. I look at all those experiences as a time of exchange and confrontation between liberators and the liberated and among travelers on the road. I argue that these encounters were not homogenously marked by violence, hatred, and mutual resentment, but also by curiosity, solidarity, and indifference. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.relation.ispartofseries EUI MWP en
dc.relation.ispartofseries 2009/09 en
dc.subject Jewish history en
dc.subject Polish-Jewish relations en
dc.subject Slovak-Jewish relations en
dc.subject modern East European history en
dc.subject ethnic studies en
dc.subject ethnic violence en
dc.subject post-1945 studies en
dc.subject Holocaust studies en
dc.subject social history en
dc.title After Liberation: the Journey Home of Jewish Survivors in Poland and Slovakia, 1944-46 en
dc.type Working Paper en


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