Bitter Prerequisites: A Faculty for Survival from Nazi Terror
Bitter Prerequisites: A Faculty for Survival from Nazi Terror (Paperback)
A dozen Purdue University Jewish faculty members-10 men and 2 women-who were forced to flee their homes in Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Poland, and Hungary during the Holocaust, tell their stories in a series of interviews conducted by Kleine-Ahlbrandt, a history professor at Purdue and the author of The Burden of Victory: France, Britain and the Enforcement of the Versailles Peace, 1919-1925 (1995). Some of the refugees were unable to escape and survived through hiding and subterfuge or endured the camps. The interviewees, some speaking out for the first time after more than half a century, often found it difficult to recall painful experiences. They discussed the problems of growing up Jewish, especially after the enactment of anti-Jewish legislation; the importance of religion, God, and traditions in their lives; and adjusting to life in the U.S., where finding employment was just one of many obstacles. The author complements the interviews with commentary for readers unfamiliar with the history of World War 1.
About the Author(s):
Wm. Laird Kleine-Ahlbrandt holds a doctorate from the University of Geneva, where he attended the Graduate Institute of International Studies. He has written a number of books, including The Burden of Victory: France, Britian and the Enforcement of the Versailles Peace, 1919-1925 and Europe since 1945: From Conflict to Community. A chevalier in the Order of the Palmes Academiques, he lives with his spouse, Sheila, in Oak Park, Illinois, together with their presupposing cat, Oliver.