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Families After the Holocaust: Between the Archives and Oral History

Clifford, Rebecca



After the Holocaust, parents and children who had survived the genocide faced significant obstacles to family reunification. Many children with at least one surviving parent were never reclaimed by their families, while others who returned to live with their parents confronted a fractured social unit. This article draws on both archival sources and oral history to explore family reunification after the Holocaust, arguing that while archival documents can illustrate the mechanics of reunification, oral history allows us to confront its long-term legacies, revealing the extent to which divided loyalties, traumatic experiences and desperate material conditions broke families apart even where parents and children managed against the odds to survive.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Mar 14, 2018
Publication Date Mar 14, 2018
Deposit Date Sep 12, 2023
Journal Oral History
Print ISSN 0143-0955
Publisher Oral History Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 46
Issue 1
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