By Saul Friedlander
Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1933-1945 is an abridged version of Saul Friedländer's definitive Pulitzer Prize-winning two-volume historical past of the Holocaust: Nazi Germany and the Jews: The Years of Persecution, 1933-1939 and The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945. The book's first half, facing the nationwide Socialist crusade of oppression, restores the voices of Jews who have been engulfed in an more and more scary fact following the Nazi accession to strength. Friedländer additionally presents the money owed of the persecutors themselves—and, possibly such a lot telling of all, the tales of standard German electorate who, often, stood silent and unmoved by way of the expanding waves of segregation, humiliation, impoverishment, and violence. the second one half covers the German extermination rules that ended in the homicide of six million ecu Jews—an reputable software that depended upon the cooperation of neighborhood specialists and police departments, the passivity of the populations, and the willingness of the sufferers to post in determined desire of surviving lengthy adequate to flee the German vise. A enormous, multifaceted learn now contained in one quantity, Saul Friedländer's Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1933-1945 is a necessary research of a dismal and intricate heritage.
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Extra info for Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1933-1945: Abridged Edition
Consequently the six-month period could be counted from the date when the signiﬁcance of Jewishness became a major element in public consciousness, that is, from January 30 (Hitler’s accession to the chancellorship) or even April 7, 1933 (the civil service law’s promulgation). It was only with the law of July 6, 1938, that “racially” mixed marriages could in fact be legally annulled. In the meantime the judges, lawyers and registrars who were intent on the dissolution of mixed marriages went beyond the immediate instructions of the Nazi leadership.
A few months after the change of regime, Leopold Ullstein, a younger member of the publishing family, launched the preparation of a wideranging study to that effect. Within a year a hefty volume was ready, but in December 1934 its publication was prohibited. ”30 Jewish culture for Jews, however, was another matter, and whereas Ullstein had set his sights on an untimely enterprise, another Berlin Jew, Kurt Singer, the former deputy director of the Berlin City Opera, came up with a different kind of idea: the establishment of an autonomous Jewish cultural association.
INTO THE THIRD R EICH 29 It is hard to evaluate how much importance German society at its various levels granted the Jewish issue in 1933. Political stabilization, the dismantling of the Left, economic improvement, national revival, and international uncertainties were undoubtedly more present in the minds of many than the hazy outlines of the Jewish issue; for most Germans the challenges of daily life in times of political change and of economic turmoil were the paramount focus of interest. It is against this background that Hitler’s own obsession with the Jewish issue must be considered.
Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1933-1945: Abridged Edition by Saul Friedlander