This month, before I got onto the Canadian Book Review Challenge, I thought I would do some scientific and historical reading. And this book is in the same domain as the previous two that I reviewed.
This book is sad yet it is an accurate and daring portrayal of exclusion, inclusion, and transformation that encompasses the years of 1947-1955.
In the decade after the Second World War, 35,000 Jewish survivors of Nazi persecution and their dependants arrived in Canada. This was a watershed moment in Canadian Jewish history. The unprecedented scale of the relief effort required for the survivors, compounded by their unique social, psychological and emotional needs, challenged both the established Jewish community and resettlement agencies alike.
Adara Goldberg’s book highlights the immigration, resettlement and integration experience from the perspective of Holocaust survivors and those charged with helping them. The book explores the relationships between the survivors, Jewish social service organizations, and the local Jewish communities; it considers how those relationships both facilitated and impeded the ability of survivors to adapt to a new country.
This book is a significant and original contribution to our understanding of the experience and transformations, of unprecedented proportions, of the Jewish community in the post-war period. Goldberg’s book is comprehensive and compelling and a must read for all individuals interested in the Holocaust and how it impacted such a large segment of the population.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth