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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 20Making Holocaust Memory$
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Gabriel N. Finder, Natalia Aleksiun, and Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113058

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113058.001.0001

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Who Am I?

Who Am I?

Jewish Children’s Search for Identity in Post-War Poland 1945‒1949

(p.98) Who Am I?
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 20

Joanna B. Michlic

Liverpool University Press

This chapter focuses on the reconstruction of personal identity and its ramifications for Jewish group identity. It illustrates how problematical the recuperation of memory was in the case of Jewish children hidden during the war. It also discusses Polish rescuers who were reluctant to part from the hidden Jewish children and impeded their return to a surviving parent, relative, or Jewish organization, which hindered the progress in the recovery of the children's memory. The chapter mentions surviving Jewish parents or relatives and the Central Committee of Polish Jews that were desperate to recover hidden children and had to pay a huge sum to Polish underground foster parents in order to redeem the child. It talks about the Jewish children that developed fractured personalities, remembering their upbringing in Polish homes, while becoming increasingly aware of the irreconcilability of these memories with their future lives in a Jewish milieu.

Keywords:   Jewish group identity, Jewish children, Polish rescuers, Jewish organization, foster parents, Jewish personal identity

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