Though many of the details of Jewish life under Hitler are familiar, historical accounts rarely afford us a real sense of what it was like for Jews and their families to live in the shadow of Nazi Germany’s oppressive racial laws and growing violence. With Jews in Nazi Berlin, those individual lives—and the constant struggle they required—come fully into focus, and the result is an unprecedented and deeply moving portrait of a people.
Drawing on a remarkably rich archive that includes photographs, objects, official documents, and personal papers, the editors of Jews in Nazi Berlin have assembled a multifaceted picture of Jewish daily life in the Nazi capital during the height of the regime’s power. The book’s essays and images are divided into thematic sections, each representing a different aspect of the experience of Jews in Berlin, covering such topics as emigration, the yellow star, Zionism, deportation, betrayal, survival, and more. To supplement—and, importantly, to humanize—the comprehensive documentary evidence, the editors draw on an extensive series of interviews with survivors of the Nazi persecution, who present gripping first-person accounts of the innovation, subterfuge, resilience, and luck required to negotiate the increasing brutality of the regime.
A stunning reconstruction of a storied community as it faced destruction, Jews in Nazi Berlin renders that loss with a startling immediacy that will make it an essential part of our continuing attempts to understand World War II and the Holocaust.
German researchers Meyer and Sch\xFCtz, with help from Berlin synagogue director Simon, have compiled an amazing volume of facts and personal accounts into a record of Jewish life under the Nazis. Visiting everything from the eve of Kristallnacht, the terrifying "night of broken glass," through the liberation of the concentration camps, the trio limit their focus, to telling effect, to the thousands of Jews living in Berlin, the capital of the Nazi regime, as the world plunged into WWII. A progression of hardships are vividly recounted through the stories of individual Berlin families (such as Garb\xE1tys, whose successful cigarette factory was seized for Aryan businessmen), slowly stripped of their rights, their livelihoods, and, ultimately, their lives. Accompanying these accounts of destruction is a stunning collection of photos and documents. Offered for the first time in English, this volume has already made an important addition to Holocaust literature in Germany, where it was originally published in 2000. 188 color and b&w photos.