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In a Foreign Country

Companion Booklet Featuring Publications from the Displaced Persons Camps

This bilingual companion booklet to the exhibition In a Foreign Country: Publications from the Displaced Persons Camps was produced in cooperation with the Berlin State Library and examines the historical background of publishing activities in the displaced persons camps. The chapters "The Surviving Remnant," "From the Latest Destruction," "Education and Emigration," and "Religion and Tradition" introduce individual publications from the camps with their covers and provide information on the authors, contents, and purpose, as well as on the circumstances surrounding publication.

The publications include the proceedings of the Yidischer Heftlings-Kongres in Bergn-Belsn (Yiddish Prisoners’ Congress in Bergen-Belsen), held on 25–27 September 1945; the poetry collection Im fremden Land (In a Foreign Country, 1947) by Mates Olitski; the short story collection Zurik zum Leben (Back to Life, 1948) by one of the few female writers active in the displaced persons camps, Malke Kelerich; various editions of the magazine Fun letzn Churbn (From the Latest Destruction), in which the Munich-based Central Historical Commission presented the results of its documentation of Jewish life during the Shoah; as well as songbooks, historical works, language textbooks, and Talmud reprints.

Details & Excerpts

  • In a Foreign Country.
    Publications from the Camps for Displaced Persons.
    The Berlin State Library in the Jewish Museum Berlin

    83 pages with numerous illustrations,
    The Jewish Museum Berlin
    Berlin 2015


  • Editors

    The Berlin State Library – Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation
    and the Jewish Museum Berlin

  • Translation

    Tom Lampert

  • Design

    chezweitz GmbH, Berlin

  • Price

    Free PDF download

Book Cover of

Companion Booklet to the Exhibition

In a Foreign Country. Publications from the Camps for Displaced Persons.

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You can order this publication from the museum by contacting:

Janine Lehmann
T +49 (0)30 259 93 410
F +49 (0)30 259 93 409

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