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Homes Away from HomeJewish Belonging in Twentieth-Century Paris, Berlin, and St. Petersburg$
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Sarah Wobick-Segev

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781503605145

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9781503605145.001.0001

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Rebuilding After the Shoah

Rebuilding After the Shoah

The Challenges of Remembering and Reconstruction

(p.145) Chapter 5 Rebuilding After the Shoah
Homes Away from Home

Sarah Wobick-Segev

Stanford University Press

Chapter 5 demonstrates that the patterns developed before World War II were vital to the reconstruction of Jewish communities after the Shoah, especially in Paris and Berlin. By this time, the Jewish public had come to expect a wider social and cultural program that would cater to different guises of Jewish belonging beyond strict religious definitions. Individuals wanted Jewish sociability based not only on the synagogue but also on youth groups and children’s summer camps and on social groups that met at local cafés or restaurants. At the same time, this chapter assesses the vast and critical changes wrought by the Holocaust and explores its repercussions in the postwar communities. Beyond pointing to these important historical continuities, however, this final chapter explores why these patterns were not replicated in Leningrad, despite periodic attempts to recreate public Jewish sociability in the former capital along similar models.

Keywords:   post-Shoah, Holocaust and war memory, children, cold war, rebuilding, summer camps, synagogues and institutional spaces

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