Class of '31: A German-Jewish Emigre's Journey across Defeated Germany

Class of '31: A German-Jewish Emigre's Journey across Defeated Germany


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"Class of ’31" is a beautifully written memoir from Walter Jessel, a German Jew determined to answer the question that haunted him since emigrating to the United States in 1938: “Would the people of other nations, if they were placed in the same position as the German during the Hitler regime, behave in the same manner?” Born in 1913 in Frankfurt, Jessel led an extraordinary twentieth-century life on three continents. In 1945, Jessel returned to Germany as an American soldier and sought out his former classmates, hoping to understand how they survived, or thrived, in Nazi Germany. Incredibly personal and honest, "Class of ‘31" is a valuable primary source for anyone interested in the history of German Jews.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781618116505
Publisher: Academic Studies Press
Publication date: 10/31/2017
Series: Holocaust: History and Literature, Ethics and Philosophy Series
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Brian E. Crim is the John M. Turner Distinguished Chair in the Humanities and Associate Professor History at Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Virginia. He is author of "Antisemitism in the German Military Community and the Jewish Response, 1914-1938" (2014) and "Our Germans: Project Paperclip and the National Security State" (2018).

Table of Contents

Foreword - Michael J. Neufeld
Introduction – Brian E. Crim
Class of '31 – Walter Jessel
Walter Jessel – A Chronology

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