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Random Destinations

Escaping the Holocaust and Starting Life Anew

  • Authors
  • Lilian R. Furst
Book

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Introduction: “Shards from the Explosion”

  3. London

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Lilian R. Furst
      Pages 21-36
    3. Lilian R. Furst
      Pages 37-47
    4. Lilian R. Furst
      Pages 49-59
  4. British Provinces

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. Lilian R. Furst
      Pages 63-71
    3. Lilian R. Furst
      Pages 73-88
  5. New York

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Lilian R. Furst
      Pages 91-99
    3. Lilian R. Furst
      Pages 101-117
    4. Lilian R. Furst
      Pages 119-132
  6. U.S. Provinces

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
    2. Lilian R. Furst
      Pages 135-147
    3. Lilian R. Furst
      Pages 149-160
  7. India

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. Lilian R. Furst
      Pages 163-174
    3. Lilian R. Furst
      Pages 175-185
    4. Lilian R. Furst
      Pages 187-195
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 197-213

About this book

Introduction

Random Destinations examines how novels and short stories portray those who managed to escape from Central Europe in the 1930s following the rise of Nazism. They faced many concrete and psychological problems at their random destinations: language acquisition, adjustment to different moves, fitting into the community, coming to terms with having been rejected by their homeland, the conflict between the desire to remember and/or forget their past, and, above all, the need to reshape their identities. Their personal struggles are contextualized within their historical situation, both global and specific to their new locale. The book argues that fiction, by taking ordinary escapees' difficulties into account, paradoxically offers a more subtle and true picture than sociological studies, that have tended to foreground the successes of a few outstanding individuals.

Keywords

Europe fiction Holocaust nation novel

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