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Jews in Nazi Berlin: From Kristallnacht to Liberation (Studies in German-Jewish Cultural History and Literature, Franz Rosenzweig Miner) Hardcover – December 15, 2009

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“This unique and comprehensive collection of essays, available now in English, considers the Nazi destruction of Jewish life in Berlin between 1938 and 1945. Each facet in that process of destruction is described in meticulous detail, mainly by the victims themselves, and effectively conveyed by the volume’s contributing authors in concise essays. The authors rely on an extraordinarily rich historiography on the general subject of Jewish life in Nazi Germany, as well as on valuable archival sources of the Berlin Jewish community and its institutions, records that survived World War II and the turbulent postwar era in Germany. There is nothing comparable in English that so thoroughly dissects the tragic consequences of the Nazi destruction of a Jewish community that had originally constituted about one-third of the entire Jewish population in pre-Nazi Germany.”--Francis R. Nicosia, University of Vermont
(Francis R. Niscosia, University of Vermont)

“Beate Meyer, Hermann Simon, and Chana Schütz have envisioned and edited a remarkable book. Jews in Nazi Berlin, 1933–1945 explores Jewish life in that city during that era—while at the same time depicting patterns that held elsewhere. The editors’ deft touch reflects their keen historical imagination and utterly human approach. Focusing on individuals and families, the essays tell a multi-faceted story of both ruin and resourcefulness. Richly illustrated and ably translated, Jews in Nazi Berlin is a treasure: the book about Jewish life at the very heart of the Nazi kingdom to read and to assign to classes.”

(Debórah Dwork, author of Flight from the Reich, Refugee Jews: 1933–1946)

“Berlin, home to a third of German Jewry; Berlin, where Jews constituted a large part of the cultural, medical, legal, and business communities; Berlin, where the Nazis sought very publicly to humiliate Jews and destroy their community. Berlin and its Jews stand at the center of this erudite and moving essay collection that weaves Nazi policy, social reactions, and Jewish perceptions into a highly illuminating and deeply depressing account. The authors focus on Jewish views and voices, those Jews left in Berlin after the mass emigration, those who worked for Jewish organizations, those who hid, and those who were deported. One feels the menacing cloud of deportations as one reads extraordinarily poignant individual and family stories of courage and despair, survival and death.”<Marion Kaplan, author of Between Dignity and Despair: Jewish Life in Nazi Germany>

(Marion Kaplan, author of Between Dignity and Despair)

“The authors succeed in bridging the gap between the broad issues, such as the process of illegal immigration or hiding, and the experience of individuals. The volume is, therefore, extremely useful for both teachers and students.”

(Library Journal)

“A lavishly illustrated book of essays. . . . [A] fine and comprehensive volume.”--Canadian Jewish News

(Canadian Jewish News)

"The book's team of editors, historians, and researchers succeeded with a great number of photographs to restore some features of wartime Berlin and its Jewish community in a frank and direct manner, adding another important volume to our growing Holocaust library."
(Jerusalem Post)

"An amazing volume of facts and personal accounts. . . . Accompanying these accounts of destruction is a stunning collection of photos and documents."
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About the Author

Beate Meyer is a researcher at the Institute for the History of German Jews in Hamburg. Hermann Simon is the director of the New Synagogue Berlin–Centrum Judaicum Foundation. Chana Schütz is research associate at and vice-director of the New Synagogue Berlin–Centrum Judaicum Foundation.


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Product Details

  • Series: Studies in German-Jewish Cultural History and Literature, Franz Rosenzweig Miner
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 1 edition (December 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226521575
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226521572
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,349,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Schutz on April 18, 2012
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This is an amazing account of a persecuted people in the "lion's den." Buy this book, and discover the amazing resiliency of the Jewish community, as they struggle to survive and escape the clutches of the most dreadful regime in human history.

Chapter Seven, "In Spite of Everything: Zionists in Berlin," by Chana C. Schutz is particularly noteworthy, with its detailed accounts of the Jewish youth organizations, which somehow survived in Berlin almost up until the end of the war.
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