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Preface Introduction: Restitution: Rebuilding Jewish Lives in Twentieth-Century France PART I 1: Reconstructing Homes: Jewish Private Lives in Postwar Paris PART II 2: Displaced Persons, Displaced Possessions: The Furniture Operation in France 3: Competing Claims: Housing, the Restoration of Republicanism, and the Myth of Unity 4: The Restitution Service: The Creation of a Republican Bureaucracy PART III 5: Rebuilding Families: The Gendering and Meaning of Home 6: Reclaiming Rights: Jewish Communal Responses to Material Loss 7: Social Rebirth: The Role of Public and Private Aid in Rebuilding the Jewish Community Conclusion: Coming to Terms with the Past

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Shannon L. Fogg is professor of history at Missouri University of Science and Technology and the author of The Politics of Everyday Life in Vichy France: Foreigners, Undesirables, and Strangers.


Fogg's richly documented Stealing Home resonates well beyond its time frame. * Gary D. Mole, H-France *
All in all Shannon Fogg has added an important study of the Vichy period. She has labored vigorously in order to reach information about different levels of society and has produced a finely crafted and sensitive historical work based on a truly commendable gift for archival research and an excellent command of the relevant historical literature. * Richard I. Cohen, Yad Vashem Studies *
Fogg underscores that hers is a social history interested in discovering the human impact on survivors who returned to Paris to find their apartments occupied by others and the furnishings gone. To this end, she has looked at memoirs and oral interviews to understand the sociological and psychological implications of reconstructing one's life after several harrowing years of absence ... Fogg makes the powerful point that what she terms memocide, the killing of memories, accompanied genocide. * Richard D. Sonn, Journal of Modern History *
Fogg's treatment of a difficult and complex topic is well-researched, fluidly written and impressive. It aids our understanding of the Holocaust and its aftermath in France, while also deepening our knowledge of he reconstruction of Europe and post-war gender relations. * European History Quarterly *
Stealing Home, however, is more than a grim catalogue of theft. Fogg's real concern lies with what Jewish survivors encountered when they struggled home from camps in the winter of 1944 ... At a moment when xenophobia and racism are again on the rise ... Stealing Home make[s] uneasy reading. * Caroline Moorehead, Times Literary Supplement *

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