Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781786995124 Published January 2019 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781786995131 Published January 2019 For sale in North and South America only

Holocaust Escapees and Global Development

Hidden Histories

David Simon

Holocaust Escapees and Global Development

David Simon

Distributed for Zed Books

352 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781786995124 Published January 2019 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781786995131 Published January 2019 For sale in North and South America only

The many thousands uprooted and displaced by the Holocaust had a profound cultural impact on the countries in which they sought refuge, with a number of Holocaust escapees attaining prominence as scientists, writers, filmmakers, and artists. But what is less well known is the way in which this diaspora shaped the scholarly culture of their new-found homes. In this unique work, David Simon explores the pioneering role played by Jewish refugee scholars in the creation of development studies following the Second World War, and what we can we learn about the discipline by examining the social and intellectual history of its early practitioners. Through in-depth interviews with key figures and their relatives, Simon considers how the escapees’ experiences impacted their scholarship, showing how they played a key role in shaping their belief that development really did hold the potential to make a better world, free from the horrors of war, genocide and discrimination they had experienced under Nazi rule. In the process, he casts valuable new light on the origins and evolution of development studies from this formative postwar period to the present. 
 

Review Quotes
Arturo Escobar, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“Tells the remarkable story of a group of holocaust survivors and escapees who were among the most influential thinkers in the nascent field of development studies. The book consecrates its author as one of the leading chroniclers of the history of development.”
Nicholas Stern, LSE, and former chief economist for the World Bank
“A fascinating and important book about the extraordinary contributions to global development by those who escaped the Holocaust. The lessons of these remarkable people are of deep and enduring value.”
Anthony Bebbington, Clark University
“A profoundly human account of the relationships between the personal lifeways of Holocaust escapees and their contributions to development thought. A fascinating book to be read with pain, pleasure, emotion, and reflexivity.”
Cristóbal Kay, author of Latin American Theories of Development and Underdevelopment
“Reveals new insights into the ideas and lives of key development thinkers who escaped the holocaust. By revealing the often hidden context to their ideas Simon greatly enriches our understanding of the evolution of development studies.”
Uma Kothari, University of Manchester
“In honoring the remarkable though neglected contribution of Jewish refugees to the emergence of development studies, Simon has written a unique, moving, and thought provoking book that will richly inform current critical thinking across the discipline.”
Reinhart Kössler, Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institut, Freiburg
“Simon has undertaken a novel and also an unusual quest, one which sheds new light on the genius and creativity that the Nazis set out to destroy by the Holocaust.”
Christopher Cramer, SOAS University of London
“A superb book exploring its subject with delicacy and depth. It adds to the social history of Holocaust escapees, and provides intriguing intellectual biographies of people who have had an enduring influence on development studies.”
Stuart Corbridge, Durham University
“A genuinely insightful and moving book which shows just how profoundly the study of international development was shaped by the political and personal biographies of Jewish refugees from tyranny. A necessary and outstanding volume.”
Jonathan Rigg, National University of Singapore
“Simon pieces together a puzzle of history: Why were so many of the pioneer scholars in development escapees from the Nazis? In this fascinating book, he tells the story of how these scholars helped to define a field.”
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