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

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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
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dc.relation.ispartofseries 2009/09 en
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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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