Between Dignity and Despair Jewish Life in Nazi Germany

ISBN-10: 0195130928
ISBN-13: 9780195130928
Edition: 1999
Authors: Marion A. Kaplan
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/10/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 7.99" wide x 5.31" long x 0.59" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

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 from the vantage of 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; many others went underground and endured the terrors of nightly bombings and the even greater fear 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.

Marion A. Kaplan is Skirball Professor of Modern Jewish History at New York University. She is author of Between Dignity and Despair: Jewish Life in Nazi Germany and editor of Jewish Daily Life in Germany, 1618--1945.Deborah Dash Moore is Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of History and Director of the Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan. She is author of GI Jews: How World War II Changed a Generation and To the Golden Cities: Pursuing the American Jewish Dream in Miami and L.A.

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