Marion A. Kaplan

in Between Dignity and Despair

Published in print November 1999 | ISBN: 9780195130928
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854486 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Jewish History


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The author concludes with a discussion on the social death of the Jews and the German indifference to their suffering. These two combined to form the prerequisites for Hitler's “Final Solution”. The Jewish response throughout the Holocaust is related along with accounts of the knowledge of German perpetuators and bystanders. It is reiterated that the Jews were lulled into a false sense of security in the initial stages of Nazi persecution as the measures were implemented by Germans in stages and with periods of inactivity in between. Accounts from German historians focus on the war-time sufferings that the German populace experienced and their ignorance of the horrific crimes being perpetuated upon the Jews. The author, through the accounts of Jewish victims and survivors, presents a differing view since the persecution of the Jews started much earlier than the war.

Keywords: Jews; German populace; Nazi persecution; Holocaust; Hitler; Final Solution

Chapter.  3603 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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