Against All Odds: Holocaust Survivors and the Successful Lives They Made in America

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Transaction Publishers, 1996 - 348 pages
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Against All Odds is the first comprehensive look at the 140,000 Jewish Holocaust survivors who came to America and the lives they have made here. William Helmreich writes of their experiences beginning with their first arrival in the United States: the mixed reactions they encountered from American Jews who were not always eager to receive them; their choices about where to live in America; and their efforts in finding marriage partners with whom they felt most comfortable--most often other survivors.

In preparation, Helmreich spent more than six years traveling the United States, listening to the personal stories of hundreds of survivors, and examining more than 15,000 pages of data as well as new material from archives that have never before been available to create this remarkable, groundbreaking work. What emerges is a picture that is sharply different from the stereotypical image of survivors as people who are chronically depressed, anxious, and fearful.

This intimate, enlightening work explores questions about prevailing over hardship and adversity: how people who have gone through such experiences pick up the threads of their lives; where they obtain the strength and spirit to go on; and, finally, what lessdns the rest of us can learn about overcoming tragedy.

 

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The first book-length study to document and analyze the ordeals and successes of immigrant Holocaust survivors. After an animated dose of terminally neurotic survivors in Art Spiegelman's Maus, it's ... Read full review

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In this well-researched work, Helmreich ( The World of the Yeshiva , LJ 9/15/82) presents the first comprehensive study of Holocaust survivors who emigrated to the United States after World War II ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction to the Transaction Edition
5
Acknowledgments
9
Introduction
13
Beginnings of a New Lite
19
The Struggle to Rebuild
58
Making a Living in America
86
All for the Children
120
The Social World of the Survivor
148
Reaching Out
183
Living with Memories
217
Overcoming Tragedy
263
Methodological Note
277
Source Notes
280
Index
333
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About the author (1996)

William B. Helmreich is professor of sociology and Judaic studies at CUNY Graduate Center and City College of New York.

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