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Jewish Presence in Absence (The Aftermath of the Holocaust in Poland 1944-2010) Edited by Feliks Tych and Monika Adamczyk-Garbowska

Jewish prescence in abscenceThis book is a thorough  and informative discussion and study of life in Postwar Poland.

Every day life did not just automatically begin again for survivors of the Holocaust.

Relationships, opinions and politics had all changed, and many returned without a home or job, or even the non-Jewish friends they once had.

Many Jewish Poles left belongings with non-Jewish friends, and upon going to retrieve these items, discovered the friend had often sold them, as they were not expecting their Jewish friend to survive or return.

This book also includes the shift in the approach of Jewish Culture after the 1970’s, and how this time in history is currently taught to today’s youth.

Detailed and exhaustively researched, this book of discussion is a combination of articles that were presented at an international conference at Yad Vashem in October 2010.

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the Holocaust, as there are few volumes of work out there that detail life, politics, and policies, after the war was over.

I received this book from Yad Vashem in exchange for an honest review.

Here is the purchase link

http://secure.yadvashem.org/store/productasp?productid=638

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The Struggle of Identity and Belonging for Survivors of the Holocaust

Holocaust coverI received this book on behalf of Yad Vashem in return for an honest review. It will be available for purchase on September 20, 2014 at Amazon. This books contains heavily researched essays of those who survived the Holocaust, who struggled with their identity and searched for their unique voice. It covers the loss of their traditions and search for a meaningful life. Well rounded excellent research. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in this period of History, and it would be a good starter book for those just stepping into these types of readings. So many books cover the time pre-Holocaust and there are many Diaries/Journals and writings of the Holocaust experience. This is a fresh take on the events following the conflict.

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