Exile from Argentina

A Jewish Family and the Military Dictatorship (1976-1983)

By:
Eduardo D. Faingold, University of Tulsa

Published 2008

The author chronicles his family’s experiences before, during, and after the military dictatorship in Argentina (1976-1983). He uses his diaries, interviews in Latin America and Israel, documents and pictures given to him by his family and friends and studies the works of political scientists, historians and journalists. He begins with his family’s history from the time when they immigrated from Tsarist Russia to Argentina in the 19th century. Then, using his family’s history as a background, he discusses his life as an exile in Israel and Denmark from 1976 to 1979, his return to Argentina to comply with military service in the Argentine Marine Infantry and his return to Israel in 1980. During the Argentine dictatorship thousands of people “disappeared”. Two million Argentines went into exile. This book makes an important contribution to the collective memory of Argentina and the concept of Never Again.

Eduardo D. Faingold is Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of
Tulsa and the author of numerous books, including most recently The
Development of Phonology in Spanish and Portuguese and Emigrar después
del Exilio.

REVIEWS
"To write a chronicle such as this one is a tribute to the past and to the people that suffered it. It is also an act of hope for the continuity of the family and the ties that bind us as human beings, ties that time cannot break." in The Latin Americanist

"Illustrates a variant, as particular and exceptional as a human life….
contributes elements for the discussion of such a relevant topic in
ethnographic studies as that of representativity." Margarita del Olmo RDTP