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By Diane L. Wolf

A twin of the Jewish baby hiding from the Nazis was once formed through Anne Frank, whose house--the such a lot visited web site within the Netherlands-- has turn into a shrine to the Holocaust. but whereas Anne Frank's tale is still mentioned and analyzed, her adventure as a hidden baby in wartime Holland is anomalous--as this booklet brilliantly demonstrates. Drawing on interviews with seventy Jewish women and men who, as young children, have been put in non-Jewish households through the Nazi career of Holland, Diane L. Wolf paints a compelling portrait of Holocaust survivors whose studies have been usually diametrically against the stories of these who suffered in focus camps. even if the struggle years have been tolerable for many of those childrens, it used to be the tip of the battle that marked the start of a irritating time, top lots of these interviewed the following to comment, "My battle all started after the war." this primary in-depth exam of hidden teenagers vividly brings to lifestyles their reviews prior to, in the course of, and after hiding and analyzes the moving identities, stories, and kin dynamics that marked their lives from youth via complex age. Wolf additionally uncovers anti-Semitism within the regulations and practices of the Dutch kingdom and the overall inhabitants, which traditionally were portrayed as rather benevolent towards Jewish citizens. The poignant relations histories in past Anne Frank reveal that we will comprehend the Holocaust extra deeply by means of concentrating on postwar lives.

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In other words, the people involved in such associations tend to identify as Jewish and as former hidden children. Most characterize themselves as Jewish culturally and lead a fairly nonobservant Jewish life. My advertisement in the Dutch Jewish newspaper reaped a surprising number of calls from volunteers whose only Jewish activity is reading the weekly Jewish newspaper. Many in this group had never been interviewed and would not join an association focused on their war past. They might think about their past, perhaps even daily, but either did not feel the need to join a group or were averse to being part of such an organization.

My father and his widowed mother went straight to San Francisco, where a bachelor uncle sponsored them. My mother and her parents lived in Milan for a few years before leaving for San Francisco, also sponsored by a bachelor uncle, after an Italian friend warned my Inge Scheuer, the author's mother, grandfather that Mussolini might not re- in Frankfurt am Main, ca. 1930. 40 history and memory of hidden children main tolerant of the Jews in Italy. Like many other German Jews, relatives from both sides of my family fled to the Netherlands and were eventually able to emigrate to the United States, albeit quite late.

History and memory of hidden children 15 not threatened or that they were not starved during the Hunger Winter of 1945, when food was scarce; it is only to say that overall the hourly and daily brutality suffered by those in concentration camps was considerably greater. The same might be said of those ten thousand Jewish children from Germany and Austria who were sent by their parents to safety on the Kindertransport to England. Recently brought into public consciousness through the film and book Into the Arms of Strangers (Harris and Oppenheimer 2000), children on the Kindertransport also left parents behind, most of whom did not survive the Shoah.

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