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Author Kaplan, Marion A., author

Title Between dignity and despair : Jewish life in Nazi Germany / Marion A. Kaplan
Published New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1998
New York, New York : Oxford University Press, 1999


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Description xii, 290 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Series Studies in Jewish history
Studies in Jewish history.
Contents 1. In Public: Jews are Turned into Pariahs, 1933-1938 -- 2. In Private: The Daily Lives of Jewish Women and Families, 1933-1938 -- 3. Jewish and "Mixed" Families -- 4. The Daily Lives of Jewish Children and Youth in the "Third Reich" -- 5. The November Pogrom and its Aftermath -- 6. War and the Worsening Situation of Jews -- 7. Forced Labor and Deportations -- 8. Life Underground
Summary Focusing on the fate of families and particularly women's experience, Between Dignity and Despair takes us into the neighborhoods, into the kitchens, shops, and schools, to give us the shape and texture, the very feel of what it was like to be a Jew in Nazi Germany
Between Dignity and Despair draws on the extraordinary memoirs, diaries, interviews, and letters of Jewish women and men to give us the first intimate portrait of Jewish life in Nazi Germany. Kaplan tells the story of Jews in Germany not from the hindsight of the Holocaust, nor by focusing on the persecutors, but from the bewildered and ambiguous perspective of Jews trying to navigate their dally lives in a world that was becoming more and more insane. Answering the charge that Jews should have left earlier, Kaplan shows that far from seeming inevitable, the Holocaust was impossible to foresee precisely because Nazi repression occurred in irregular and unpredictable steps until the massive violence of November 1938. Kaplan shows how most Germans hounded Jews and begins to answer the unrelenting question, What did Germans know about the persecutions and what did they do?
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-274) and index
Notes English
Subject Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Germany.
Jews -- Germany -- History -- 1933-1945.
Jews -- Germany -- Social conditions.
Jews -- Germany -- History -- 1939-1945
Jews -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
Germany -- Ethnic relations.
Germany -- Ethnic relations.
LC no. 97046721
ISBN 0195115317 (cloth)
0195130928 (paper)