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Resettlers and Survivors: Bukovina and the Politics of Belonging in West Germany and Israel, 1945–1989

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Resettlers and Survivors

Bukovina and the Politics of Belonging in West Germany and Israel, 1945–1989

Gaëlle Fisher

304 pages, 2 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-667-8 $149.00/£110.00 Hb Published (April 2020)

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“By establishing a new approach for Bukovina research, Resettlers and Survivors makes the reverberations of World War II visible for Europe as a whole and particularly for Bukovina Germans and Jews. It offers answers to how and why their experiences effected new conceptualizations of the past, of identity, and of home.” • Markus Winkler, LMU Munich

“Gaëlle Fisher manages, on the one hand, to provide insight into a lesser-known episode in the history of World War II. At the same time, through her own interpretation of the historical record, she illustrates through this special case a theoretical issue relevant to the concepts essential for a sociopolitical understanding of modernity and postmodernity: identity, alterity, difference, space, place, and memory.” • Andrei Corbea-Hoişie, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Iași, Romania


Located on the border of present-day Romania and Ukraine, the historical region of Bukovina was the site of widespread displacement and violence as it passed from Romanian to Soviet hands and back again during World War II. This study focuses on two groups of “Bukovinians”—ethnic Germans and German-speaking Jews—as they navigated dramatically changed political and social circumstances in and after 1945. Through comparisons of the narratives and self-conceptions of these groups, Resettlers and Survivors gives a nuanced account of how they dealt with the difficult legacies of World War II, while exploring Bukovina’s significance for them as both a geographical location and a “place of memory.”

Gaëlle Fisher is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Center for Holocaust Studies at the Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History in Munich, Germany. She holds a doctorate in history from University College London and has published articles in a range of journals, including German History, The Leo Baeck Institute Year Book, and East European Politics and Societies.

Subject: History: 20th Century to Present Jewish Studies Refugee and Migration Studies Memory Studies
Area: Central/Eastern Europe




Part I: Backgrounds

Chapter 1. Being Bukovinian before 1945: German and Jewish Bukovinians in the Habsburg Empire, Romania and the Second World War

Part II: Establishments

Chapter 2. ‘Settling in the Motherland’: ‘Resettlers’ from Bukovina in West Germany after the Second World War
Chapter 3. ‘A Remarkable Branch of the Jewish People’: Survivors from Bukovina between Romania and Israel after the Second World War

Part III: Entanglements

Chapter 4. ‘Lost Home’ and ‘Area of Expulsion’: Compensating for Loss at the Height of the Cold War
Chapter 5. ‘Sunken Cultural Landscape’: Reimagining Bukovina through the Lens of Literature


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