Love at the Zero Hour: Jewish Brides, Solider Husbands, and Strategies for Reconstruction, 1943-1955


ACLS Fellowship Program




This project tells a transnational story of desire, identity, and community in the wake of extraordinary violence and trauma by exploring the complicated romantic relationships among liberated Jews, Allied victors, and both defeated and victorious European civilians within post-Nazi Europe. To understand this transnational history, it investigates an understudied population, the 4,500 Jewish women in postwar Europe and North Africa who married American, British, and Canadian military personnel. This study, the first sustained history of Jewish military brides from 1943-1955, argues that Jewish civilian-military marriages served as touchstones around issues concerning multiple displacement, instrumentality, gender, national power, and religion.