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

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The volume exposes the legend about ignorance."

—Die Zeit

Library Journal
With the current debate and accompanying loud publicity over Daniel J. Goldhagen's Hitler's Willing Executioners LJ 3/15/96, this slim volume will probably be overlooked, especially by general readers. This is unfortunate, since the book, a result of a recent Bavarian conference entitled "No One Participated, No One Knew," contributes to the continual debate: Did the "average" German know what was happening to the Jews during the Nazi years? In the series of accounts presented here, followed by scholarly essays, eyewitnesses living in Germany during the Nazi years all state that German citizens knew what was happening. Wollenberg Univ. of Bremen, who edits the German, and Pribic Layfayette Coll., who translates, do not make the English easy for general readers. Those who are willing to try, however, will be rewarded. This book should be in all academic libraries and public libraries with strong collections on the Holocaust.Dennis L. Noble, Sequim, Wash.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573923354
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/1996
  • Series: German Studies
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jorg Wollenberg is director of the Educational Center of the City of Nuremberg and professor for continuing education at the University of Bremen.

Rado Pribic is a professor at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, and is currently serving as chair of the International Affairs Program

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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 Germany 1
The Night of the Pogrom of November 9-10, 1938 in Nuremberg 11
The Majority Could Have Stayed Away without the Risk of Repression 15
The Race between Life and Death: The Mixed Breeds 22
"The Jews Are Vermin, Except for Grab, My Jewish Schoolmate" 30
Hiding at the Home of Strangers 34
In Berlin There Were People Who Were Willing to Help From an Interview 43
The Truth about the Reich's Pogrom Night 50
Permission for Murder: The Justice System and the Persecution of the Jews 59
When the Witnesses Were Silent: The Confessing Church and the Jews 68
The Difficult Atonement Toward Judaism: The Command Structure and Knowledge in the German Military 83
National Socialist Cultural Policy and Its Beneficiaries: The Example of Munich 96
The Expropriation of the "Rapacious" Capital by "Productive" Capital: The City of Nuremberg as an Example of Aryanization 118
"The Apartment Keys Are to Be Relinquished to the House Manager": The Cannibalization of Jewish Estates 141
Punctually on the Ramp: The Horizon of a German Railroad Worker 154
Collaboration and Deportation in Holland: On the Behavior of the Non-Jewish Population during the Persecution of the Jews in the Netherlands 169
Appendix 177
A List of Visual Artists Who Were Exhibited and Honored during the Nazi Period 179
Register of Enterprises Aryanized in Nuremberg 189
Notes 193
The Contributors 204
Index 207
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