The Jews of Paris and the Final Solution

The Jews of Paris and the Final Solution : Communal Response and Internal Conflicts, 1940-1944

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In this work a former member of the French Resistance, Jacques Adler, examines the diverse Jewish organizations that existed in Paris during the German occupation from 1940 to 1944. Showing how they combated gradual anti-Jewish measures, he presents an important portrait of communal solidarity and communal conflict, of heroes and of those whose courage failed.
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  • Paperback | 332 pages
  • 157 x 233.4 x 22.1mm | 485.35g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 5 halftones, tables
  • 0195043065
  • 9780195043068
  • 2,106,494

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Adler adds another highly important book to the growing literature of the Holocaust period. * Le'ela April 1995 * `This is a well written and interesting book' Ben Helfgott, JBNR Vol 7, No 3, Autumn 92 'a profoundly scholarly and moving book ... as a scholar he has imposed on himself a strict discipline of critical detachment ... His patient and meticulous analysis shows how difficult it was for the French Jews, and indeed for the immigrants, to understand what was happening to them ... the book does full justice to the evils of Nazism and the human frailties of its victims.'
Paul Addison, University of Edinburgh, History 1992 `Both aspects, the experimental and the academic, are discreetly combined in his sober, thorough and authentic study ... his conclusion, as balanced, scholarly and questioning as the rest of this excellent history, is that those trying to pigeon-hole Jewish resistance as either Jewish, or Communist, or part of the wider French resitance, should look to the ways in which the precise context of action and survival determine its nature, calling for sharp moral
decisions, not just from immigrant and French Jews, but from anyone who witnessed the arrest of Jews in occupied France. This is an important contribution to an infinitely wider debate.'
EHR Journal `precise and scholarly book ... logically organized and closely reasoned, a timely and distinguished addition to the immense body of Holocaust literature.'
Los Angeles Times

`Blending careful scholarship and a passion for his subject ... [Adler's] research displays remarkable objectivity, while reflecting the survivor's zeal to set the record straight.'
Times Literary Supplement
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