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Author Lavsky, Hagit.
Title New beginnings : Holocaust survivors in Bergen-Belsen and the British zone in Germany, 1945-1950 / Hagit Lavsky.
Imprint Detroit : Wayne State University Press, [2002]

Author Lavsky, Hagit.
Subject Jews -- Germany -- History -- 1945-1990.
Holocaust survivors -- Germany -- Social conditions.
Holocaust survivors -- Germany -- Politics and government.
Description 311 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 277-293) and index.
ISBN 0814330096 (cloth : alk. paper)
OCLC # 47803842
Table of Contents
1The Jewish Remnant in Germany27
  Estimates for Jewish Survivors in Germany27
  Demographic Profile of the Jewish Survivors in Germany29
  Jewish Population Growth in Germany32
2The Liberation of Bergen-Belsen37
  Bergen-Belsen as a Death Camp37
  The Aftermath41
3The British Zone of Occupation49
  Population, Economy, and Occupation Policy49
  The British Policy Regarding the Jews51
  The Jewish Population55
4Jewish Organizational Efforts in Bergen-Belsen63
  Spontaneous Organization63
  From Spontaneous Organizational Efforts to a National Struggle70
  The Establishment of a United National Front75
5New Communities Rise from the Ashes78
  The German Jewish Remnant in the British Zone78
  Motives for the Reestablishment of German Jewish Communities82
  Founders of the Jewish Communities85
  The DP Communities87
6The Jewish World Organizations and Jewish Emissaries91
  British Jewry92
  The Palestinian Zionist Role101
  American Jewish Relief Agencies106
7The Central Committee as an Instrument of Self-Government110
  Goals and Infrastructure110
  Economic Control113
  Health Care116
  Culture and Education117
  Chief Rabbinate117
  The Jewish Police: Self-Defense, Law, and Order118
  Holocaust Commemoration120
  The Struggle for Recognition120
8The Development of the Communities124
  Statistical-Demographic Synopsis124
  Immediate Needs127
  Looking to the Future: Social and Cultural Roles128
  The Beginnings of Regional Organizations130
  Between Zionist Centralization and Independent Organizations132
  The Fusion of the Work Association with the Central Committee134
  From Zionist Centralization to German Jewish Separatism137
9"Unser Dirat Arai": Society, Economy, and Culture in the Camps141
  Temporary Dwelling in an Ex-Territory141
  Living Conditions143
  Occupational and Vocational Training145
  Forming Families148
  Communication and the Media153
  Arts and Leisure157
  The Role of Zionism, Tradition, and Politics in Sociocultural Life161
10Looking to the Future: The Educational Program167
  The Children167
  Challenge and Response: The Founding of Educational Institutions168
  Initiators and Teachers170
  Conditions and Constraints of Educational Activity176
  Ideology, Organization, and the Politics of Education180
  Jewish Education in the Communities186
11Zionist Party Politics189
  The Political Front189
  Cooperation and Solidarity with the Yishuv196
  Aliyah: The Focus of Zionist Activity197
  The Zionist Organization199
  The Shift from a Zionist to a General Nationalist Agenda202
12End and New Beginnings204
  Emigration and Aliyah204
  Closing the Bergen-Belsen DP Camp210
  Jews in Germany after Liquidation212
 Conclusion: The She'erit Hapletah and Jewish Nationalism in the Post-Holocaust Era215

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