After the Girls Club: How Teenaged Holocaust Survivors Built by Carole Bell Ford

By Carole Bell Ford

After global struggle II the ladies membership of Brooklyn, ny, grew to become domestic and shelter to a small crew of younger girls, orphaned within the Holocaust, whose tales characterize the reports of tens of millions of kid survivors. This booklet follows them from early life to the current as they, opposite to early predictions, outfitted new and profitable lives in the United States. In outdated age the ladies, once more, are defying bleak expectancies.

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Bronka remembers attending school in the ghetto for one or two years, studying Yiddish, Hebrew, and German, among other subjects such as instruction in knitting. There even was a summer camp and other facilities used throughout the year in Marysin, a Lodz suburb; Lusia’s mother taught school at an orphanage there. But it wasn’t to last. When 20,000 Jews who had been deported from Western Europe arrived in the ghetto, living space became ever more impossible to manage. Schools that were closed in order to house the new arrivals were supposed to reopen and resume classes, but they never did.

Children reenacted “executions on the town square. . they were also observed acting 30 CHAPTER 2 out Gestapo interrogations, slapping each other’s faces” (Stargardt, 2006, p. 114). They played the role of the Germans, who were depicted as powerful, while the Jews—sometimes their own parents—were portrayed as completely submissive. “They enacted scenes of German brutality, such as raids on the ghettos, forced removal of people from their hiding places, massacres, and marches toward the deportation trains” (Levin, 1993, p.

While they are linked—what takes place during adolescence is very much dependent upon what occurs in childhood—there are also distinct aspects of development in each period. Nor has much been written in which the specific focus is on how the experiences of boys and girls differed except for the important, if obvious, fact that boys were at greater risk if they tried to pass as Gentiles, due to circumcision. 5 The experiences of the women in this history provide an opportunity to focus on some of the specific challenges they faced as they came of age in the nightmare of the Holocaust.

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