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Introduction

Marion A. Kaplan

in Between Dignity and Despair

Published in print November 1999 | ISBN: 9780195130928
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854486 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195130928.003.0001

Series: Studies in Jewish History

Introduction

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The book recounts the lives of Jews in Nazi Germany and delves into their day-to-day lives within their homes, amongst their families, and within their communities. The author traces the beginnings of Nazi oppression and examines the reasons why the Jews reacted in the manner that they did. Throughout the book, anecdotes and accounts gleaned from survivors and their personal correspondences are presented and analyzed. Part of the account deals with the daily lives of Jewish women and their history in Germany. The insights gleaned from this study reveal part of the reason why the Jews were perceived to be ambivalent or slow in realizing the dangers of Nazi oppression. The book balances the discussion with the inclusion of the experiences and consciousness of average Germans in the same period. The section ends with an overview of the Jewish community before 1933 and after the establishment of a racial state.

Keywords: Jews; Nazi Germany; Germany; oppression; Jewish community; racial state

Chapter.  5988 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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