Representations of World War II Refugee Experiences in Memoirs, Fiction, and Film

Author: Kraft, Helga W.
Year:2012
Pages:360
ISBN:0-7734-2556-X
978-0-7734-2556-9
Price:239.95
A collection of essays that newly examines the experiences of German refugees in World War II. Studies include the use of diverse media

Reviews

“Through the inclusivity of their volume, Kraft and Wallach issue an invitation and a springboard to engage in future non-confrontational conversations about memory that are appropriate to the transnational landscape of the Berlin Republic.” – Prof. Dagmar C. G. Lorenz University of Illinois at Chicago

“A Remarkable contribution to the topic.” – Prof. Inge Stephan Humboldt-Iniversität Zu Berlin

“A bold look at discourses and experiences of the European refugee after World War II.” – Prof. Barbara Kosta University of Arizona

Table of Contents

FLEEING BEFORE THE INVADING GERMAN ARMIES

Chapter 1: A Timely Departure: From Czechoslovakia to Palestine and the US in Letters, Diaries,and Recollections (1939)
George Guttmann

Chapter 2: (Re)Writing the French Summer Exodus of 1940 from Northern to Southwestern France
Marie-Claire Rohinsky

Chapter 3: Shifting Identities and Displacement in Germany and Poland (1938–1945): The Films Europa, Europaand The Pianist
Karen A. Ritzenhoff

ESCAPING THE ADVANCE OF THE ALLIED FORCES

Chapter 4: Narratives of War, Flight, and Survival in Pomerania, Czechoslovakia, Siberia, and the Baltic Sea (1940–1949)
Herbert Arnold

Chapter 5: Intersections of Class, Gender, Loyalty, and Altruism in German Flight Memoirs of the Privileged
Martha Kaarsberg Wallach

Chapter 6: Cologne and Other Ruins: Dislocation in a Narrative of Flight from Holland to Switzerland
Harold Schweizer

Chapter 7 Flight from Romania to Austria and the United States (1944–1953): Trauma and Visual Representation
Susanna Stachler Tschurtz

DISPLACEMENT AND HARDSHIP AFTER WORLD WAR II

Chapter 8: Flight from East to West Germany 1945–1962: Personal, Political, and Economic Causes
Helga W. Kraft

Chapter 9: Internment and Escape from Yugoslavia to Germany and the United States (1944–1950): A Personal History of a Donauschwaben Refugee
Elizabeth B. Walter

Chapter 10: Our Future is Compassion: Working through the Trauma of a Childhood in Polish Camps and Expulsion to the West (1945–1949)
Martha Kent

Selected Bibliography

List of Contributors

Acknowledgments

Index