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Ghita Schwarz's novel Displaced Persons

Friday, August 27, 2010

Ghita Schwarz discusses her debut novel, Displaced Persons. The story moves from the Allied zones of postwar Germany to New York City, and explores grief and anger, memory and survival, and the experiences of "displaced persons" struggling to remake their lives in the decades after World War II.

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Comments [4]

BJK from Queens, NYC

Anyone interested in researching this topic further might want to check out Bill Wyman's book: 'DP's: Europe's Displaced Persons, 1945-1951' (1998) by Cornell Univ Press: http://www.amazon.com/Dps-Europes-Displaced-Persons-1945-1951/dp/0801485428/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1282962496&sr=1-3.
It should be made clear that the term DP included not only Jewish Holocaust survivors, but the legion of displaced Eastern Europeans, most Poles, that could not or would not returned to their now-Soviet occupied countries.

Aug. 27 2010 10:38 PM
Barbara Murray from Sea Cliff, New York

Enjoyed your interview; will be reading your book shortly; my parents fled to U.S.S. R. and were in Siberia, like your mom. They never did shed their pain of their lost families and I as their only child have inherited much of this pain/loss/sadness. I am very involved in our Nassau County Holocaust Center in Glen Cove. Thank you for writing this book.

Aug. 27 2010 04:03 PM
jgarbuz

I like, many of my remaining friends, were born in DP camps after the war to survivors. None of us ever knew a living grandparent. Not a single child of holocaust survivors ever met a living grandparent. While some of our generation ended up in Palestine, which we we were waiting to go to, some of us were allowed by Truman to come to the US where I grew in the tenements and housing projects of Brooklyn.

I think being born in a camp to holocaust survivors, and growing up with their pain and stories of survival has an effect on one's psyche hard to explain. It's inherited trauma. Something like the Black experience with slavery. It is part of you.

Aug. 27 2010 12:52 PM

My folks story, looks like it will be my next book. Joseph Berger of the NYTimes also a child of survivors wrote nonfiction about this as well

Aug. 27 2010 12:46 PM

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