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Germany On Their Minds: German-Jewish Refugees in the United States and Relationships with Germany, 1938–1988

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Volume 25

Studies in German History

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Germany On Their Minds

German-Jewish Refugees in the United States and Relationships with Germany, 1938–1988

Anne C. Schenderlein

Made available under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license with support from Knowledge Unlatched.

334 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-005-8 $130.00/£92.00 Hb Not Yet Published (October 2019)

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“This is a solid, comprehensive study of German-Jewish refugees in the United States, especially in Los Angeles and New York. It is probing and judicious.” • Michael A. Meyer, Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion


Throughout the 1930s and early 1940s, before closing its borders to Jewish refugees, the United States granted asylum to approximately ninety thousand German Jews fleeing the horrors of the Third Reich. And even though many of them wanted little to do with Germany, the political circumstances of the postwar era meant that engagement of some kind was unavoidable—whether initiated within the community itself or by political actors and the broader public in West Germany. This book carefully traces these entangled histories on both sides of the Atlantic, demonstrating the remarkable extent to which German-Jewish refugees helped shape the course of West German democratization.

Anne C. Schenderlein is a Research Fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C. Prior to coming to the Institute, she taught at the University of California, San Diego where she received her doctorate. Her current research focuses on American-Jewish boycotts and consumption of German products.

Subject: Jewish Studies Refugee & Migration Studies 20th Century History
Area: Germany North America

Germany On Their Minds by Anne C. Schenderlein is available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) with support from Knowledge Unlatched.

OA ISBN: 978-1-78920-006-5



Chapter 1. Prologue
Chapter 2. Americanization, 1935–1941
Chapter 3. The Enemy Alien Classification, 1941–1944
Chapter 4. German Jewish Refugees in the U.S. Military
Chapter 5. German Jewish Refugees and the Discourse on Postwar Germany, 1942–1945
Chapter 6. German Jewish Refugees and the West German Foreign Office in the 1950s and 1960s
Chapter 7. German Jewish Refugee Travel to Germany and West German Municipal Visitor Programs



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