Displaced Persons: Growing Up American After the Holocaust

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Simon and Schuster, May 11, 2010 - History - 352 pages
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In this touching account, veteran New York Times reporter Joseph Berger describes how his own family of Polish Jews -- with one son born at the close of World War II and the other in a "displaced persons" camp outside Berlin -- managed against all odds to make a life for themselves in the utterly foreign landscape of post-World War II America. Paying eloquent homage to his parents' extraordinary courage, luck, and hard work while illuminating as never before the experience of 140,000 refugees who came to the United States between 1947 and 1953, Joseph Berger has captured a defining moment in history in a riveting and deeply personal chronicle.
 

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In this gripping and beautifully written memoir, New York Times reporter Berger tells the story of his family, Polish Jews and Holocaust survivors, who migrated to New York City in 1950. Having been ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
7
Section 2
11
Section 3
21
Section 4
33
Section 5
40
Section 6
48
Section 7
57
Section 8
69
Section 19
179
Section 20
187
Section 21
197
Section 22
204
Section 23
217
Section 24
226
Section 25
237
Section 26
252

Section 9
81
Section 10
90
Section 11
97
Section 12
107
Section 13
120
Section 14
131
Section 15
144
Section 16
154
Section 17
163
Section 18
171
Section 27
263
Section 28
276
Section 29
282
Section 30
295
Section 31
303
Section 32
313
Section 33
322
Section 34
349
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Joseph Berger was born in Russia and came to the United States when he was five years old. Currently deputy education editor at The New York Times, he has also reported on religion and education for the newspaper and served as its bureau chief in White Plains. The author of The Young Scientists, Berger lives in Larchmont, New York, with his wife and daughter.

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