The German Public and the Persecution of the Jews, 1933-1945 / Edition 1

The German Public and the Persecution of the Jews, 1933-1945 / Edition 1

by Jorg Wollenberg
     
 

In The German Public and the Persecution of the Jews, editor Joerg Wollenberg examines the painful question of the extent to which the German public was aware of Nazi persecution of the Jews. By weaving together eyewitness reports of Reichskristallnacht, this "night of arson, terror, and destruction" of November 9, 1938, with interpretive essays by contemporary

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In The German Public and the Persecution of the Jews, editor Joerg Wollenberg examines the painful question of the extent to which the German public was aware of Nazi persecution of the Jews. By weaving together eyewitness reports of Reichskristallnacht, this "night of arson, terror, and destruction" of November 9, 1938, with interpretive essays by contemporary scholars, he constructs an eerie insider look at a gruesome event.

Written in stark, almost conversational tones, the eyewitness testimony of Jews, half-Jews, and non-Jews is both moving and horrifying. The first-person narratives of the non-Jews document how impossible it was not to know what was happening on Reichskristallnacht and how painful it is years later to deal with repression and denial. The victims whose accounts are included here struggle with the subjectivity of their childhood memories, filling gaps with adult verification and continuing to agonize about distrust of their record.

The text is arranged in two parts: first the eyewitness accounts from Nuremberg of the events of November 1938; then a section containing analyses of policies, behavior, and events as they were directed at the Jews during the Third Reich.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573923354
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
06/28/1996
Series:
German Studies
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

Note on Translation
Fifty-Five Years after Reichskristallnacht
No One Participated, No One Knew: The Public Persecution and Destruction of the Jews in Germany1
The Night of the Pogrom of November 9-10, 1938 in Nuremberg11
The Majority Could Have Stayed Away without the Risk of Repression15
The Race between Life and Death: The Mixed Breeds22
"The Jews Are Vermin, Except for Grab, My Jewish Schoolmate"30
Hiding at the Home of Strangers34
In Berlin There Were People Who Were Willing to Help (From an Interview)43
The Truth about the Reich's Pogrom Night50
Permission for Murder: The Justice System and the Persecution of the Jews59
When the Witnesses Were Silent: The Confessing Church and the Jews68
The Difficult Atonement Toward Judaism: The Command Structure and Knowledge in the German Military83
National Socialist Cultural Policy and Its Beneficiaries: The Example of Munich96
The Expropriation of the "Rapacious" Capital by "Productive" Capital: The City of Nuremberg as an Example of Aryanization118
"The Apartment Keys Are to Be Relinquished to the House Manager": The Cannibalization of Jewish Estates141
Punctually on the Ramp: The Horizon of a German Railroad Worker154
Collaboration and Deportation in Holland: On the Behavior of the Non-Jewish Population during the Persecution of the Jews in the Netherlands169
Appendix177
A List of Visual Artists Who Were Exhibited and Honored during the Nazi Period179
Register of Enterprises Aryanized in Nuremberg189
Notes193
The Contributors204
Index207

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