Legislating The Holocaust

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Overview


From April 1933 to early 1943, Bernard Loesener served as the official “Jewish Expert” in the German Third Reich's Ministry of the Interior, the government body responsible for the Nazi's legislative assault on German Jewry. In that role, he personally drafted much of the legislation, the Nuremberg Laws of 1935 preeminently, that gradually dispossessed, disenfranchised, and dehumanized the Jews of Nazi Germany. During the first six years of Nazi rule, the seminal period of government-sponsored anti-Semitism, Loesener kept the minutes of many crucial, high-level, inter-ministerial conferences concerned with the “Jewish Question.” As observer and participant, his experiences were virtually unparalleled. In 1950, Loesener penned a memoir that sought to explain, and justify, his actions during the ten-year escalation of Nazi oppression that resulted, to Loesener's professed horror, in the Final Solution. It was published in 1961, in German, by the journal Vierteljahrshefte fuer Zeitgeschichte. It has never before appeared in English, until now - in Legislating the Holocaust.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813337753
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 1,034,110
  • Lexile: 1320L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 0.46 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Karl A. Schleunes is professor of history at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. He is the author of The Twisted Road to Auschwitz: Nazi Policy Toward German Jews, 1933-1939. He is currently working on a book on the German background to the Holocaust which is to be part of series titled “A Comprehensive History Holocaust” sponsored by Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial Institute in Jerusalem.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1
1 The Enigma of Bernhard Loesener--Nazi Bureaucrat 3
Notes 29
2 At the Desk of Racial Affairs in the Reich Ministry of the Interior 33
Introductory Remarks 33
How I Came to Hold the Desk for Racial Affairs 35
Up Until the Nuremberg Laws 37
The Origin of the "Nuremberg Laws" of 15 September 1935 46
The Meaning of the Nuremberg Laws 52
The Two "First Decrees" to the Nuremberg Laws of 14 November 1935 56
How Some Provisions of the "First Decrees" Took a Wrong Turn 61
Privileged Mixed Marriages 65
The 1938 Pogrom and Spread of Persecution 68
The Beginning of Forced Emigration 74
The War Years 75
The So-Called Final Solution of the Jewish Question 79
The Jewish Star 87
The Treatment of Individual Cases 95
The End of My Work in the Ministry 99
My Arrest by the Gestapo 101
Notes 104
3 Bernhard Loesener's Testimony Before the Nuremberg Tribunal 111
Appendix Nazi Legislation 153
Selected Bibliography 181
Index 185
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