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Jewish Responses to Persecution


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Volume Introduction: Jewish Life in Europe after Five Years of Nazi Rule Part I: From "Kristallnacht" to War Chapter 1: Responses to "Kristallnacht" outside of Germany Chapter 2: From Emigration to Flight Chapter 3: Facing New Fear and Violence Part II: Invasion and Early Occupation of Poland Chapter 4: Initial Reactions Chapter 5: Jewish Flight Chapter 6: The Organization of Relief for Polish Jews Part III: War and Its Repercussions in the Rest of Europe: September 1939 to December 1940 Chapter 7: Outside Poland: War and Its Repercussions Chapter 8: Jewish Daily Life in Wartime Chapter 9: Deportations from the Reich Part IV: Precarious Shelter: Life in the Emerging Polish Ghettos Chapter 10: Settling into Confined Spaces Chapter 11: Formal and Informal Leadership Chapter 12: Beyond Bread: Faith, Friendship, and the Future List of Documents Bibliography Glossary Chronology

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Alexandra Garbarini is associate professor of history and chair of the Program in Jewish Studies at Williams College. Emil Kerenji is Applied Research Scholar at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Jan Lambertz is a historian and served on the research team of the Independent Historians Commission on the Role of the German Foreign Office during National Socialism and after 1945. Avinoam Patt is Philip D. Feltman Professor of Modern Jewish History at the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford.


This impressive series provides a sense of the depth and diversity of contemporary Jewish documents while embedding them in explanatory narratives. . . . Documents in Volume II focus on broad questions of daily life and explore their social, economic, cultural, and religious aspects during the critical period between late 1938 and the end of 1940. . . . Even as [the editors] emphasize that the Jewish history of these years is best studied as transnational history, the 'geographic heart' of their volume rests explicitly in Poland. As the editors assert, on the one hand this simply reflects their reading of contemporary sources, which tend recurrently to draw attention to the plight of Polish Jewry. On the other, this emphasis is also meant to stress - as did contemporary commentators - how 'unprecedented' the nature of Nazi actions in Poland was even prior to the launching of comprehensive genocide. * Yad Vashem Studies *
This second volume of the series, Jewish Responses to Persecution, 1933-1946, that covers the period 1938 to 1940, will be of immense importance both to historians and to general readers alike. As in the preceding volume, the Jewish victims' reactions to the rapidly expanding Nazi onslaught are contextualized in an exemplary presentation: an admirable addition to an essential initiative. -- Saul Friedlander, University of California at Los Angeles
This is an excellent piece of work. It presents a far more varied and complex picture of Jewish responses during the period in question than is available from any existing documentary anthology or textbook. The authors are to be congratulated. -- David Engel, New York University
An outstanding book. The combination of documents and integrating narrative makes for a riveting read as well as a crucial teaching text. The chapters offer a kaleidoscope of views, sensitively contextualized, on a key period in the history of the Holocaust. -- Mark Roseman, Indiana University at Bloomington

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