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Beyond Anne Frank: Hidden Children and Postwar Families in Holland by Diane Wolf
Beyond Anne Frank: Hidden Children and Postwar Families in Holland

yipslberry pie, July 30, 2011

a frightful and yet redeeming history and sociological study of the Jewish children who were placed in non-Jewish families during the Nazi occupation of Holland in WWII. Diane WOlf writes compellingly, without too much pedanticism and with a human pathos as well as a scholarly view. Ultimately, the tales of the children who had to become someone very different during the war, and of what became of their families after liberation, illustrate the ways that a person, and especially a child born into dangerous times, really can't "go home again." It's been said by many that WOrld War II virtually turned the world on its head, and this is especially true for the Jewish survivors in Europe, and for everyone whose lives crossed with theirs. There are important lessons within WOlf's expert study about the effects of cultural disruption, including cross-cultural adoption even when it is a necessity, adoption, of families and populations as well as on individual children that go far beyond early- to mid- 20th century northern Europe. This book about a history few know will make the reader think about many assumptions and apparent solutions.
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