Starting Over Again: Survivors, Locals, and Welfare Agencies in the Austria...

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JDC Jerusalem, Large Hall, Givat Ram

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Two alien groups intruded upon the lives of inhabitants of the Austrian Alps at the end of the Second World War: American soldiers and displaced persons. They were subsequently joined by welfare workers charged with rehabilitating the survivors. The talk will examine encounters between the hostile communities - locals and refugees – with the American military government as intermediaries and the role played by the welfare agencies in the first steps of building a new life.

Dr. Rachel Blumenthal received her Ph.D. at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in December 2017. The subject of her thesis is "The Claims Conference, the State of Israel and the Diaspora: 1951-1964." She was awarded the 2018 Fred and Ellen Lewis/JDC Archives Fellowship to conduct research on how locals and migrants in Upper Austria rebuilt their lives in the wake of the Second World War.

This lecture will be in Hebrew.

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