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The image of the Jewish child hiding from the Nazis was shaped by Anne Frank, whose house—the most visited site in the Netherlands— has become a shrine to the Holocaust. Yet while Anne Frank's story continues to be discussed and analyzed, her experience as a hidden child in wartime Holland is anomalous—as this book brilliantly demonstrates. Drawing on interviews with seventy Jewish men and women who, as children, were placed in non-Jewish families during the Nazi occupation of Holland, Diane L. Wolf paints a compelling portrait of Holocaust survivors whose experiences were often diametrically opposed to the experiences of those who suffered in concentration camps.

Although the war years were tolerable for most of these children, it was the end of the war that marked the beginning of a traumatic time, leading many of those interviewed here to remark, "My war began after the war." This first in-depth examination of hidden children vividly brings to life their experiences before, during, and after hiding and analyzes the shifting identities, memories, and family dynamics that marked their lives from childhood through advanced age. Wolf also uncovers anti-Semitism in the policies and practices of the Dutch state and the general population, which historically have been portrayed as relatively benevolent toward Jewish residents. The poignant family histories in Beyond Anne Frank demonstrate that we can understand the Holocaust more deeply by focusing on postwar lives.

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"What was the fate of Jewish children who were wrenched from their parents and hidden by Christians in Holland during WWII? Max was returned postwar to his emotionally distant father and sexually abusive stepmother but always believed his foster parents were his true parents. When Rob's distraught brother wet his bed, their foster father sent him back to his parents and the boy was deported and killed with them. Louis's exploitative foster parents took money from his parents for his room and board but kept him in an unheated room without clean clothes or showers, and made Louis toil at piecework before giving him a meager meal. Ria's parents converted to Catholicism in gratitude to those who had hidden them, baptizing Ria as well. Anneke's Orthodox Jewish parents were murdered in Sobibor; after the war, custody was awarded to a Jewish organization but the girl was kidnapped and baptized by her Catholic foster mother. Through interviews with some 70 former hidden children, UC-Davis sociologist Wolf (Factory Daughters) debunks the myth — perpetuated by the story of Anne Frank — of Dutch tolerance and resistance, demonstrating both Dutch complicity with the Nazis and indifference to Jewish suffering after the war. Although narrowly focused and dryly written, this sociological study is a worthy addition to Holocaust scholarship. Photos." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Beyond Anne Frank is so beautiful and thoughtfully written that I couldn't put it down. Diane Wolf's voice is human and humanistic, without glossing over any painful realities. She probes the subject from an impressive array of angles, considering a wide variety of types of experiences. This book is extraordinarily fine and I enthusiastically recommend it."—Lynn Davidman, author of Tradition in a Rootless World: Women Turn to Orthodox Judaism and Motherloss

"A deeply moving testimony to the experience of Nazi violence as embedded in the everyday life of children hidden in Gentile homes in the Netherlands. In finding the child's voice within the adult's narrative, this book makes a major contribution to our understanding of the vulnerability of children to the politics of hate."—Veena Das, author of Life and Words: Violence and the Descent into the Ordinary

"A remarkable piece of work. Beyond Anne Frank is sensitively researched and told, morally important, and politically consequential."—Jeffrey K. Olick, author of In the House of the Hangman: The Agonies of German Defeat, 1943-1949

"Beyond Anne Frank stands on its own as a humanistic engagement with a tragic moment in twentieth-century European history, written by a demonstrably gentle, compassionate witness to the tragedy."—Jeffrey Prager, author of Presenting the Past: Psychoanalysis and the Sociology of Misremembering

About the Author

Diane L. Wolf is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Davis, and the author of the award-winning Factory Daughters: Gender, Household Dynamics, and Rural Industrialization in Java (UC Press). She is the editor of Feminist Dilemmas in Fieldwork and coeditor of Sociology Confronts the Holocaust: Memories, Identities and Diasporas (2007).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. The History and Memory of Hidden Children

2. Before and During the War: The Netherlands and the Jews

3. After the War: The Jews and the Netherlands

4. “My Mother Screamed and Screamed”: Memories of Occupation, War, and Hiding

5. “I Came Home, but I Was Homesick”: When Both Parents Returned

6. “They Were Out of Their Minds”: When One Parent Returned

7. “Who Am I?”: Orphans Living with Families

8. “There Was Never a Kind Word”: Life in Jewish Orphanages

9. Creating Postwar Lives, Creating Collective Memory: From the Personal to the Political

Conclusion

Notes

Glossary

References

Index

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yipslberry pie, July 30, 2011 (view all comments by yipslberry pie)
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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Product Details

ISBN:
9780520248106
Author:
Wolf
Publisher:
University of California Press
Author:
Wolf, Diane
Author:
Wolf, Diane L.
Author:
Wolf, Diane Lauren
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Europe - Germany
Subject:
Holocaust survivors
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - General
Subject:
Holocaust survivors -- Netherlands.
Subject:
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Netherlands.
Subject:
Judaism - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20070131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
24 b/w photographs, 1 table
Pages:
406
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in 21 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "What was the fate of Jewish children who were wrenched from their parents and hidden by Christians in Holland during WWII? Max was returned postwar to his emotionally distant father and sexually abusive stepmother but always believed his foster parents were his true parents. When Rob's distraught brother wet his bed, their foster father sent him back to his parents and the boy was deported and killed with them. Louis's exploitative foster parents took money from his parents for his room and board but kept him in an unheated room without clean clothes or showers, and made Louis toil at piecework before giving him a meager meal. Ria's parents converted to Catholicism in gratitude to those who had hidden them, baptizing Ria as well. Anneke's Orthodox Jewish parents were murdered in Sobibor; after the war, custody was awarded to a Jewish organization but the girl was kidnapped and baptized by her Catholic foster mother. Through interviews with some 70 former hidden children, UC-Davis sociologist Wolf (Factory Daughters) debunks the myth — perpetuated by the story of Anne Frank — of Dutch tolerance and resistance, demonstrating both Dutch complicity with the Nazis and indifference to Jewish suffering after the war. Although narrowly focused and dryly written, this sociological study is a worthy addition to Holocaust scholarship. Photos." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
"Beyond Anne Frank is so beautiful and thoughtfully written that I couldn't put it down. Diane Wolf's voice is human and humanistic, without glossing over any painful realities. She probes the subject from an impressive array of angles, considering a wide variety of types of experiences. This book is extraordinarily fine and I enthusiastically recommend it."—Lynn Davidman, author of Tradition in a Rootless World: Women Turn to Orthodox Judaism and Motherloss

"A deeply moving testimony to the experience of Nazi violence as embedded in the everyday life of children hidden in Gentile homes in the Netherlands. In finding the child's voice within the adult's narrative, this book makes a major contribution to our understanding of the vulnerability of children to the politics of hate."—Veena Das, author of Life and Words: Violence and the Descent into the Ordinary

"A remarkable piece of work. Beyond Anne Frank is sensitively researched and told, morally important, and politically consequential."—Jeffrey K. Olick, author of In the House of the Hangman: The Agonies of German Defeat, 1943-1949

"Beyond Anne Frank stands on its own as a humanistic engagement with a tragic moment in twentieth-century European history, written by a demonstrably gentle, compassionate witness to the tragedy."—Jeffrey Prager, author of Presenting the Past: Psychoanalysis and the Sociology of Misremembering

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