Between Dignity and Despair

Between Dignity and Despair

Jewish Life in Nazi Germany

Book - 1998
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Baker & Taylor
A prize-winning account draws on the memoirs, diaries, interviews, and letters of Jewish men and women to paint an intimate portrait of Jewish daily life in Germany just before the Holocaust, when Nazi violence was irregular and unpredictable. UP.

Baker
& Taylor

Draws on memoirs, diaries, and letters of Jews living in Nazi Germany at the start of the Holocaust

Oxford University Press
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 daily 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 Novemer 1938. Then the flow of emigration turned into a torrent, only to be stopped by the war. By that time Jews had been evicted from their homes, robbed of their possessions and their livelihoods, shunned by their former friends, persecuted by their neighbors, and driven into forced labor. For those trapped in Germany, mere survival became a nightmare of increasingly desperate options. Many took their own lives to retain at least some dignity in death; others went underground and endured the fears of nightly bombings and the even greater terror of being discovered by the Nazis. Most were murdered. All were pressed to the limit of human endurance and human loneliness.
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.

Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1998
ISBN: 9780195115314
0195115317
Branch Call Number: 943.086 KA
Characteristics: xii, 290 p. : ill. ; 25 cm

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