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Post-Holocaust France and the Jews, 1945-1955$
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Seán Hand and Steven T. Katz

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479835041

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479835041.001.0001

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The Revival of French Jewry in Post-Holocaust France

The Revival of French Jewry in Post-Holocaust France

Challenges and Opportunities

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Post-Holocaust France and the Jews, 1945-1955

David Weinberg

NYU Press

This chapter emphasizes the organizational will that arose from the devastation of France’s religious and lay leadership. By virtue of having survived the Holocaust in France, and being also at the heart of postwar allied operations with a heightened moral status, this organizational will made France the natural locus for forms of concerted Jewish activism that were also European, North American, and Zionist in their scope, address, and resources. Such organizational activity affected the self-perceptions of French Jewry as well as the broader image of France’s exceptionalism. These organizational activities include those of the Conseil représentatif des israélites de France (CRIF), the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC or “the Joint”), and the American Jewish Committee (AJC), which ultimately held ramifications that extended well beyond their precise initial concerns.

Keywords:   organizational will, Holocaust, postwar allied operations, Jewish activism, French Jewry, CRIF, JDC, the Joint, AJC

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