By Atina Grossmann
In the fast aftermath of global conflict II, greater than 1 / 4 million Jewish survivors of the Holocaust lived between their defeated persecutors within the chaotic society of Allied-occupied Germany. Jews, Germans, and Allies attracts upon the wealth of diary and memoir literature through the folks who lived via postwar reconstruction to track the conflicting methods Jews and Germans outlined their very own victimization and survival, comprehended the trauma of battle and genocide, and struggled to rebuild their lives.
In gripping and unforgettable aspect, Atina Grossmann describes Berlin within the days following Germany's surrender--the mass rape of German ladies by means of the pink military, the liberated slave employees and homecoming squaddies, returning political exiles, Jews rising from hiding, and ethnic German refugees fleeing the East. She chronicles the starvation, ailment, and homelessness, the fraternization with Allied occupiers, and the complexities of navigating a global the place the general mingled with the awful. Grossmann untangles the tales of Jewish survivors in and out the displaced-persons camps of the yankee area as they equipped households and reconstructed identities whereas waiting for emigration to Palestine or the USA. She examines how Germans and Jews interacted and competed for Allied prefer, advantages, and sufferer prestige, and the way they sought to revive normality--in paintings, of their relationships, and of their daily encounters.
Jews, Germans, and Allies exhibits how Jews have been essential members in postwar Germany and bridges the divide that also exists this day among German historical past and Jewish studies.