Social Outsiders in Nazi Germany

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Overview

When Hitler assumed power in 1933, he and other Nazis had firm ideas on what they called a racially pure "community of the people." They quickly took steps against those whom they wanted to isolate, deport, or destroy. In these essays informed by the latest research, leading scholars offer rich histories of the people branded as "social outsiders" in Nazi Germany: Communists, Jews, "Gypsies," foreign workers, prostitutes, criminals, homosexuals, and the homeless, unemployed, and chronically ill. Although many works have concentrated exclusively on the relationship between Jews and the Third Reich, this collection also includes often-overlooked victims of Nazism while reintegrating the Holocaust into its wider social context.

The Nazis knew what attitudes and values they shared with many other Germans, and most of their targets were individuals and groups long regarded as outsiders, nuisances, or "problem cases." The identification, the treatment, and even the pace of their persecution of political opponents and social outsiders illustrated that the Nazis attuned their law-and-order policies to German society, history, and traditions. Hitler's personal convictions, Nazi ideology, and what he deemed to be the wishes and hopes of many people, came together in deciding where it would be politically most advantageous to begin.

The first essay explores the political strategies used by the Third Reich to gain support for its ideologies and programs, and each following essay concentrates on one group of outsiders. Together the contributions debate the motivations behind the purges. For example, was the persecution of Jews the direct result of intense, widespread anti-Semitism, or was it part of a more encompassing and arbitrary persecution of "unwanted populations" that intensified with the war? The collection overall offers a nuanced portrayal of German citizens, showing that many supported the Third Reich while some tried to resist, and that the war radicalized social thinking on nearly everyone's part.

In addition to the editors, the contributors are Frank Bajohr, Omer Bartov, Doris L. Bergen, Richard J. Evans, Henry Friedlander, Geoffrey J. Giles, Marion A. Kaplan, Sybil H. Milton, Alan E. Steinweis, Annette F. Timm, and Nikolaus Wachsmann.

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German History
This volume will be essential reading for scholars and students of Nazi Germany for many years to come.
— Matthew Stibbe
German History - Matthew Stibbe
This volume will be essential reading for scholars and students of Nazi Germany for many years to come.
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"This volume will be essential reading for scholars and students of Nazi Germany for many years to come."--Matthew Stibbe, German History
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691086842
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 5/7/2001
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 803,934
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents


CHAPTER 1 Social Outsiders and the Construction of the Community of the People by Robert Gellately and Nathan Stoltzfus 3
CHAPTER 2 Social Outsiders in German History: From the Sixteenth Century to 1933 by Richard J. Evans 20
CHAPTER 3 No ''Volksgenossen'': Jewish Entrepreneurs in the Third Reich by Frank Bajohr 45
CHAPTER 4 When the Ordinary Became Extraordinary: German Jews Reacting to Nazi Persecution, 1933-1939 by Marion A. Kaplan 66
CHAPTER 5 The Nazi Purge of German Artistic and Cultural Life by Alan E. Steinweis 99
CHAPTER 6 The Limits of Policy: Social Protection of Intermarried German by Jews in Nazi Germany by Nathan Stoltzfus 117
CHAPTER 7 The Exclusion and Murder of the Disabled by Henry Friedlander 145
CHAPTER 8 From Indefinite Confinement to Extermination: "Habitual-Criminals" in the Third Reich by Nikolaus Wachsmann 165
CHAPTER 9 The Ambivalent Outsider: Prostitution, Promiscuity, and VD Control in Nazi Berlin by Annette F. Timor 192
CHAPTER 1O ''Gypsies'' as Social Outsiders in Nazi Germany by Sybil H. Milton 212
CHAPTER 11 The Institutionalization of Homosexual Panic in the Third Reich by Geoffrey J. Giles 233
CHAPTER 12 Police Justice, Popular Justice, and Social Outsiders in Nazi Germany: The Example of Polish Foreign Workers by Robert Gellately 256
CHAPTER 13 Sex, Blood, and Vulnerability: Women Outsiders in German Occupied Europe by Doris L. Bergen 273
CHAPTER 14 Social Outcasts in War and Genocide: A Comparative Perspective by Omer Bartov 294
List of Contributors 319
Index 321
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