The Lion and the Star: Gentile-Jewish Relations in Three Hessian Towns, 1919-1945 / Edition 1

The Lion and the Star: Gentile-Jewish Relations in Three Hessian Towns, 1919-1945 / Edition 1

by Jonathan Friedman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813120438

ISBN-13: 9780813120430

Pub. Date: 08/30/2011

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

The Lion and the Star not only offers an informed glimpse into the intricacies of daily German life but also confirms the continuing danger of making sweeping generalizations about German Jews and non-Jews. In the aftermath of World War II, many viewed the Third Reich as an aberration in German history and laid blame with Hitler and his followers. Since the

Overview

The Lion and the Star not only offers an informed glimpse into the intricacies of daily German life but also confirms the continuing danger of making sweeping generalizations about German Jews and non-Jews. In the aftermath of World War II, many viewed the Third Reich as an aberration in German history and laid blame with Hitler and his followers. Since the 1960s, historians have widened their focus, implicating "ordinary" Germans in the demise of German Jewry.

Jonathan Friedman addresses this issue by investigation everyday relations between German Jews and their Gentile neighbors. Friedman examines three German communities of different sizes — Frankfurt am Main, Giessen, and Geisenheim. Symbolized by the Hessian heraldic lion, these communities represent a cross-section of both Gentile and Jewish society in Germany during the Weimar and Nazi years. Researching in the United States, Germany, England, and Israel, he gleaned information from interviews, memoirs, diaries, letters, newspapers, church and synagogue records, censuses, government documents, and reports from Nazi and resistance organizations. Friedman's comparative analysis offers a balanced response to recent scholarly works condemning the entire German people for their complicity in the Holocaust.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813120430
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
08/30/2011
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
0.81(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tablesiv
List of Mapsvii
Prefacex
Introduction1
1.Jewish Emancipation to 191915
2.Demography and Socioeconomic Structure25
3.The Liberal-Jewish Model: Under Attack from Within47
4.Gesellschaft vs. Gemeinschaft: Gentile-Jewish Relations before 193363
5.Jew-Hatred or "Arbeit und Brot!" Antisemitism and the Electoral Rise of the Nazis103
6.Close to the Edge: Relations during the Early Years of the Third Reich125
7.Relations during the "Final Solution"153
Epilogue181
Conclusion185
Notes187
Bibliography271
Index285

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