The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy of the Ghettos

Michael Berkowitz

in The Crime of My Very Existence

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780520251120
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940680 | DOI:
The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy of the Ghettos

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This chapter explores “crime” in Nazi-created ghettos, which appeared to be incubators of crime because the Nazis fashioned them in such a way that living beyond the law was the only way to survive. The Nazis claimed that the exhibition of criminality in the ghettos revealed the true character of the Jews and was proof that their ghettoization was an urgent necessity. The chapter suggests that this was the reason why “smugglers” often became the Jews' heroes of the ghettos.

Keywords: Nazi-created ghettos; ghetto crimes; Jewish criminality; ghettoization

Chapter.  11373 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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