Jewish Dps Confronting the Law

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:
Jewish Dps Confronting the Law

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This chapter looks at criminality among the Jewish remnant through the eyes of the American Jews who advised the U.S. occupation forces and from the perspective of the displaced persons. It examines how Jewish self-defense (Haganah) was manifested in the creation of Jewish police forces after Nazi Germany's defeat. Unlike the “Jewish police” in Nazi ghettos, who had checkered or unsavory reputations, the Jewish police forces in the DP communities emerged as responsible institutions in which Jews were able to take pride, and the police thereby strengthened the communities' material and spiritual well-being, despite having to function in a sometimes hostile and ghost-ridden atmosphere.

Keywords: Jewish criminality; American Jews; U.S. occupation forces; displaced persons; Haganah; Jewish police; Nazi Germany's defeat; Nazi ghettos

Chapter.  9907 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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