Dr. Françoise Ouzan
Françoise Ouzan received a Ph.D. in History from the Sorbonne (Paris I) and holds an Agrégation (English and American Literature). A former Associate Professor at the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, and an Associate Researcher at the French Research Center in Jerusalem (CRFJ/CNRS), she is currently a Senior Research Associate at the Goldstein-Goren Diaspora Research Center of Tel Aviv University and a Spiegel Fellow at Bar Ilan University.
Dr. Ouzan is regularly invited by the international television channel I24 News to speak on various subjects pertaining to the memory of the Holocaust, antisemitism, and American Jewry. She has authored a dozen articles for the Jerusalem Report and has written for Le Monde. Fr.
She was a guest speaker in the United States, China, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Israel, and France, and lectures regularly at Yad Vashem.
Reviews of her latest book
“This multi-disciplinary, comparative, intimate, and ultimately uplifting book recounts how Jewish survivors from the Holocaust rebuilt their lives in Israel, the United States, and France. Drawing upon individual case studies and decades of scholarly research, Françoise S. Ouzan shows that wartime experiences as well as the character of their new host countries made a difference for survivors, and that many of them, in diverse ways, transformed their suffering and emotional wounds into personal and social achievements. A valuable contribution to Holocaust Studies and the study of trauma.”
Jonathan D. Sarna, author (with Benjamin Shapell) of Lincoln and the Jews: A History
“Far from painting all survivors with a broad brush, Françoise S. Ouzan's careful ear and nuanced writing demonstrates that survivors have coped with their wartime trauma, loss of family, beginning lives anew, and more in various ways that cannot be easily categorized or simply generalized. Few works have done what this one does.”
“The comparative approach of How Young Holocaust Survivors Rebuilt Their Lives is original and crucial to our understanding of how diverse political environments crystallized the differences and the similarities between the survivors who each experienced the persecution and war differently, whether in hiding, in camps, or fighting in the forests.”
Avinoam J. Patt, author of Finding Home and Homeland: Jewish Youth and Zionism in the Aftermath of the Holocaust
“In sum, the conceptual contribution of this book is important:it is a synthesis that was missing about the paradox of a 'distinct generation' wounded by their trials and yet, that came out reinforced from the destruction of the Jews."
Cahiers Bernard Lazare
Dalia Ofer, editor (with Shmuel Almog, David Bankier, and Daniel Blatman) of The Holocaust: The Unique and the Universal
“How Young Holocaust Survivors Rebuilt Their Lives is an important contribution to the historical record because it focuses not only on individual heart-wrenching narratives in the different countries, but it also documents the contributions of child survivors to each of their societies."
( The Hidden Child)
American Library Association