Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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978-1-5381-0174-2 • Hardback • September 2017 • $87.00 • (£67.00)
978-1-5381-0175-9 • Paperback • September 2017 • $30.00 • (£22.99)
978-1-5381-0176-6 • eBook • September 2017 • $28.50 • (£21.99)
Jürgen Matthäus and Emil Kerenji are historians at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
PART I: 1933-1938
PART II: 1939-1940
PART III: 1941-1942
PART IV: 1943-1944
PART V: 1945-1946
List of documents
List of maps
Offering a windowinto the contemporaneous responses of Jews to the horrors that were unfolding around them, this invaluable book illuminates a crucial aspect of the Holocaust. This collection will prove to be an essential resource in the classroom and beyond.
— Deborah Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies, Emory University
This expertly crafted book puts to rest the fallacy that there was a single Jewish response to Nazi persecution, showing instead how different communities, and even different individuals, drew from their own unique experiences and belief systems in reacting to the growing threat. It is an important lesson for students of the Holocaust to learn, and this thoughtful, nuanced text is a vital classroom tool.
— Jeffrey Veidlinger, Joseph Brodsky Collegiate Professor of History and Judaic Studies, University of Michigan
In this remarkable collection, Jewish women, men, and children speak to us from the midst of destruction. Diaries, letters, reports, and songs—all written at the time—testify to the diversity of the people now known as ‘victims.’ Translated from a dozen languages and expertly introduced, these sources open a window onto the desperation, hope, uncertainty, and day-to-day struggles of people trying to make sense of a shattered world.
— Doris L. Bergen, author of War and Genocide: A Concise History of the Holocaust, University of Toronto
This book is an ideal introduction to understanding how Jews experienced the Holocaust. The uncertainty and discord, the dread and despair, the efforts to preserve dignity and/or faith amidst degradation, the refuges and the traps, the ‘choiceless choices’ and grasps at hope, the deportation and destruction, the liberation and the struggles that followed—all these elements and more take moving and memorable form in this astute selection of contemporaneous writings by Jews.
— Peter Hayes, Professor Emeritus of History and Holocaust Studies, Northwestern University
More than 100 primary documents—most translated from foreign languages into English—from the period 1933 to 1946
Selected from a wide array of archival collections by experienced historians
Complements the five-volume series on Jewish Responses to Persecution, 1933-1946
Provides crucial contextual information for classroom discussion, including maps, biographical information, and further reading
Concise synopsis of the diversity of Jewish perceptions and actions during the Nazi era
Introduces the rich source base on the Holocaust in general and on Jewish experiences in particular
Stimulus for further discussion and more in-depth research of Holocaust- and genocide-related topics