Between Dignity and Despair

Between Dignity and Despair : Jewish Life in Nazi Germany

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Draws on the extraordinary memoirs, diaries, interviews, and letters of Jewish women and men to give us an 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 neighbours, and driven into forced labour. For those trapped in Germany, mere survival became a nightmare of increasingly desperate options.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 162.6 x 231.1 x 25.4mm | 362.88g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 6 halftones, bibliography
  • 0195115317
  • 9780195115314

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"Kaplan's gendered approach is of considerable methodological interest. She distinguishes between the experience of Jewish women and men because, in her words, being male or female mattered. Kaplan makes an interesting distinction between the fate of Jewish men and women." Review Essays/The Decline and Rise of German Anitsemitism "Kaplan's gendered approach is of considerable methodological interest. She distinguishes between the experience of Jewish women and men because, in her words, being male or female mattered. Kaplan makes an interesting distinction between the fate of Jewish men and women." Review Essays/The Decline and Rise of German Anitsemitism "Kaplan's gendered approach is of considerable methodological interest. She distinguishes between the experience of Jewish women and men because, in her words, being male or female mattered. Kaplan makes an interesting distinction between the fate of Jewish men and women." Review Essays/The Decline and Rise of German Anitsemitism "Kaplan's gendered approach is of considerable methodological interest. She distinguishes between the experience of Jewish women and men because, in her words, being male or female mattered. Kaplan makes an interesting distinction between the fate of Jewish men and women." Review Essays/TheDecline and Rise of German Anitsemitism
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About Marion A. Kaplan

Marion Kaplan is Professor of History at Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is the author of The Making of the Jewish Middle Class: Women, Family, and Identity in Imperial Germany (OUP), which won the National Jewish Book Award and the German History Prize and The Jewish Feminist Movement in Germany. She lives in New York City.
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