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Author Dippel, John Van Houten, 1946-

Title Bound upon a wheel of fire : why so many German Jews made the tragic decision to remain in Nazi Germany / John V.H. Dippel
Published New York : BasicBooks, [1996]


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Description xxx, 353 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary Bound Upon a Wheel of Fire is the story of six prominent figures in the German Jewish community who chose to stay on under the Nazis - the chief rabbi of Berlin, the editor of the leading Zionist newspaper, a renowned international financier, a Nobel Prize-winning chemist, a society columnist, and a conservative youth movement leader. Owing to their visibility, their decisions not to emigrate changed irreversibly not only their own lives but also the lives of thousands of others
In spite of their disparate lives, Dippel argues that these six shared a single passion: a deep and abiding love for their country. Able to trace their German heritage back hundreds of years, they were proud of their ability to assimilate successfully - to become "more German than the Germans." Their ties to their homeland in fact were so deep that most probably would have described their primary identification as German rather than Jewish. Ultimately, their sense of loyalty and nostalgia - their patriotism - blinded them to the hatred that swirled around them until it was too late
Why so many German Jews appeared reluctant to leave their homeland and escape the Nazi terror is one of the great unsolved questions of the Holocaust. Theories abound: the vagaries of Hitler's Jewish policy during the 1930s did not clearly foreshadow the Final Solution; Jews expected to survive this period of German anti-Semitism as they had others throughout the centuries; those who tried to escape were denied immigration visas all over the world. While there is some truth in all these responses, according to John Dippel they are more ex post facto rationalizations than explanations. In this revelatory book he examines diaries, letters, and other documents written before 1939 in an attempt to discover an answer uncolored by hindsight
Notes Includes bibliographical references (p. 323-338) and index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 323-338) and index
Subject Jewish leadership -- Germany.
Jews -- Germany -- History -- 1933-1945.
Germany -- Ethnic relations.
LC no. 95045212
ISBN 0465091032