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From the Publisher“Puckett has written a wonderful examination of America’s Jews in Alabama and the Deep South, their conflict between orthodoxy and the more modern Reform Judaism, religious liberalism and cultural survival, and the realities of Jim Crow and Nazi mass murder. Every newspaper is examined, along with many organizations, archival documents, and synagogue newsletters—recorded in seventy-seven pages of detailed notes and bibliography. In the Shadow of Hitler is exhaustively researched, well written, and important.”
—Journal of American History
"[Puckett's] very detailed account is packed with fascinating anecdotes, revealing Alabama’s small Jewish community as a microcosm of the nation, reflecting both unity and factionalism side by side."
—The Jewish Sound“Dan J. Puckett provides academic and lay readers a compelling, well-researched, and strongly written case study of how the people in a Deep South state confronted Hitler’s persecution of the Jews. This first detailed state study sheds substantial light on national issues and is a must read for anyone interested in the impact of Hitler’s persecution of the Jews, Jewish and non-Jewish responses and interactions, and the histories of African AmericanJewish relations, Alabama, the South, and the nation.”—Mark K. Bauman, editor of Dixie Diaspora: An Anthology of Southern Jewish History and the journal Southern Jewish History
“Puckett tells an important story. Its strength is to illuminate the very real and interdependent connection between major world events and the shifting parameters of local/regional life.”
—Jennifer E. Brooks, author of Defining the Peace: World War II Veterans, Race, and the Remaking of Southern Political Tradition
"This well-written and scrupulously researched account chronicles the response of Alabama’s Jews to the rise of Hitler, World War II, and the Holocaust, and analyzes the impact of the Holocaust on Jewish life."
—Yearbook of German American Studies
“In The Shadow of Hitler is a major contribution to our understanding of what people in the United States knew about Hitler and the Holocaust—and when they knew it. By focusing on Alabama, Puckett reminds us that the history of Jews in the United States cannot be limited to New York and Los Angeles. This thoughtful, well-researched, well written study not only will broaden our knowledge of what Jews and non-Jews knew about the Holocaust and what they did about that knowledge; it will add invaluably to our knowledge of the history of Jews in the United States, to the history of the South, and, finally, to the complex history of the United States itself.”
—Jack Salzman, editor-in-chief of Encyclopedia of African American Culture and History and, with Cornel West, editor of Struggles in the Promised Land: Toward a History of Black-JewishRelations in the United States
“In the Shadow of Hitler will be a uniquely important book for us, the Alabama Holocaust Commission, and for all who are interested in the Jewish history of our state.”
—Phyllis G. Weinstein, Chair, Alabama Holocaust Commission