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Author Shephard, Ben, 1948-

Title The long road home : the aftermath of the Second World War / Ben Shephard

Publ Info New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2011
Edition First American edition
 Bryant Main Stacks  D808 .S44 2011    AVAILABLE
 RWU Main Library  D808 .S44 2011    AVAILABLE
 Salve Main Collection  D808 .S44 2011    AVAILABLE
 Wheaton Stacks  D808 .S44 2011    DUE 01-02-15
Descript xii, 489 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map, portraits ; 25 cm
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Note "Originally published in Great Britain in slightly different form by The Bodley Head, London, 2010"--T.p. verso
"This is a Borzoi book published by Alfred A. Knopf"--T.p. verso
Includes bibliographical references (p. 453-470) and index
Contents "An enormous deal of kindness" -- Feeding the war machine: foreign labor in Germany, 1940-1945 -- Food and freedom: preparing for the aftermath of war, 1940-1943 -- "The origin of the perpetual muddle" : experience with relief, 1943-1945 -- "Half the nationalities of Europe on the march" : Germany, 1945 -- The psychological moment: repatriating the refugees, 1945 -- The surviving remnant: Jewish DPs, 1945 -- "Feed the brutes?" : German refugees, 1945-- Dollars or death: UNRRA in Germany, 1945 -- "You pick it up fast" : Wildflecken DP Camp, Germany, 1945 -- "Even if the gates are locked": Jewish DPs, 1946 -- "Skryning" : repatriating DPs, 1946 -- "Save them first and argue after" : La Guardia and UNRRA -- "We grossly underestimated the destruction: the food crisis in Europe in the winter of 1946-1947 and Washington's response -- "Dwell, eat, breed, wait" : life in DP camps, 1947-1950 -- "The best interests of the child" : child search in Germany, 1945-1950 -- "Good human stock" : resettling DPs, 1947-1950 -- "We lived to see it" : Jewish DPs and the creation of Israel, 1947-1949-- America's fair share: the United States and DPs, 1947-1950 -- Legacies: how DPs made new lives
Note At the end of World War II, long before an Allied victory was assured and before the scope of the atrocities orchestrated by Hitler would come into focus or even assume the name of the Holocaust, Allied forces had begun to prepare for its aftermath. Taking cues from the end of the First World War, planners had begun the futile task of preparing themselves for a civilian health crisis that, due in large part to advances in medical science, would never come. The problem that emerged was not widespread disease among Europe's population, as anticipated, but massive displacement among those who had been uprooted from home and country during the war. Displaced Persons, as the refugees would come to be known, were not comprised entirely of Jews. Millions of Latvians, Poles, Ukrainians, and Yugoslavs, in addition to several hundred thousand Germans, were situated in a limbo long overlooked by historians. While many were speedily repatriated, millions of refugees refused to return to countries that were forever changed by the war, a crisis that would take years to resolve and would become the defining legacy of World War II. Indeed many of the postwar questions that haunted the Allied planners still confront us today: How can humanitarian aid be made to work? What levels of immigration can our societies absorb? How can an occupying power restore prosperity to a defeated enemy? Including new documentation in the form of journals, oral histories, and essays by actual DPs unearthed during his research for this illuminating and radical reassessment of history, the author brings to light the extraordinary stories and myriad versions of the war experienced by the refugees and the new United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration that would undertake the responsibility of binding the wounds of an entire continent. Remarkably relevant to conflicts that continue to plague peacekeeping efforts, this work tells the epic story of how millions redefined the notion of home amid painstaking recovery. It is a reassessment of World War II's legacy that evaluates the unique challenges of reconstructing an entire continent of Holocaust survivors and starving refugees, in an account that draws on memoirs, essays, and oral histories to discuss lesser known aspects of the massive postwar relief efforts
LC subject World War, 1939-1945 -- Refugees
World War, 1939-1945 -- Forced repatriation
Repatriation -- Europe -- History -- 20th century
Repatriation -- Asia -- History -- 20th century
ISBN 9781400040681 (hbk.)
140004068X (hbk.)