In search of postwar memory -- The returning survivors: historical context -- The Central Jewish Historical Commission and its project of documenting survivors' stories -- First encounters with the neighbors as represented in the Jewish Historical Institute collection -- Yad Vashem testimonies in the context of Israeli history -- Memories of the first encounters as represented in the Yad Vashem collection -- Comparative analysis of the data: memory on a curve -- Toward building a collective memory.
This book offers an examination of the complex memories of Jewish survivors returning to their homes in Poland after the Holocaust. These survivors left unparalleled testimonies of their first impressions with the Jewish historical commissions from 1944 to 1950. As many survivors found they were no longer welcome by their Polish neighbors, they chose to settle in the new state of Israel. Again, these surviving Jews left testimonies describing their postwar returns. In this book, author Monika Rice investigates the transformation of survivors' memories from the first account after their initial return to Poland and later accounts, recorded at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem between 1955 and 1970. Through close readings of these firsthand narratives, Rice traces the ways in which the passage of time and a changing geopolitical context influenced the survivors' memories.--From publisher description.