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Süssen Is Now Free of Jews

Gilya Gerda Schmidt

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780823243297
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780823243334 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823243297.001.0001

Series: World War II: The Global, Human, and Ethical Dimension (FUP)

Süssen Is Now Free of Jews

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Süssen is Now Free of Jews offers a close look at the legacy of two Jewish families in the village of Süssen, Württemberg, from 1902 to 1941. Coincidentally, two very different Jewish men, cattle dealer Jakob Lang and industrialist Alfred Ottenheimer established themselves in the village of Süssen in 1902. This micro-history of rural Jewish life chronicles the property of the Langs and the Ottenheimers, their personal inventory, building permits and business ventures. Hugo Lang describes their family’s daily routine, changes under the Nazis including forced labor in Eislingen, and his life in the United States. Shortly after Hugo’s departure for the U.S., his parents, sister, aunts, uncles, and cousins were deported to Riga, where all but three of them perished. Ruth’s search for and joy over discovering family after her liberation tells a very moving tale. Conceived of as a social and cultural history of two Jewish families up to the Holocaust, this study turned into far more than a micro-history of Jewish life in southern Germany. A decade of research in local, regional, and state archives revealed a treasure of documents that eventually evolved into a compelling story of births and deaths, marriages, daily life, business dealings, education, religious practices, community relations, deception, escape, deportation, larceny, murder, and finally requisitions, restitution, and reparations – a very sordid affair.

Keywords: Süssen; Württemberg; Jewish families Lang and Ottenheimer; cattle trade; textile manufacture; Nazis; deportation; liberation; reparations

Book.  236 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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