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Epilogue

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520251120.003.0008
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This chapter explores the end of a small Jewish community, that of Estonia. Because this tiny Baltic nation had little native tradition of anti-Semitism, the Nazis and their accomplices had to resort to more circuitous methods to convince the local population that massacring their Jews was appropriate. Compiling “criminal dossiers” on more than a majority of the remaining urban Jewish population was part of the Nazis' travesty, but was consistent with many other aspects of their Jewish policy. The perpetrators of this sham seemed to see it as having some sort of explanatory or pedagogic function. The chapter argues that the dossiers were also a hypocritical stab at self-exculpation in the midst of genocide.

Keywords: Jewish community; Estonia; genocide; anti- Semitism; Jewish massacre; criminal dossiers

Chapter.  3320 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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