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Yad Vashem Studies, Vol. 39:2

Dr. David Silberklang

The research and review articles in Yad Vashem Studies 39:2 address questions of motivations and reactions of the various types of actors in the Shoah. Scholars from eight countries provide a wide variety of answers and insights to the questions of motivation, participation, reactions, and remembrance. From small forced-labor camps and local Germans, to Dutch Nazis and nationalists, to East European collaborators, to visions of “Greater Germany” and the death marches near the end of the war, the motivations of the perpetrators and their partners were many and complex. Similarly, the motivations behind the postwar relations between non-Jewish rescuers of Jews and their erstwhile charges were often complex. There has been much research on the reactions of Jews to Nazi persecution, yet here we present an article that portrays and analyzes heretofore-unknown German Jewish responses to the Nazi regime’s policies from a fresh and surprising perspective. These and more are among the issues addressed in the research and review articles in volume 39, number 2 of Yad Vashem Studies. The research articles are by: Wolf Gruner, Geraldien von Frijtag Drabbe Kunzel, Hermann Weiss, Mordechai Altshuler, and Joanna Michlic; while David Cesarani, Christoph Dieckmann, Erich Haberer, Konrad Kwiet, Jochen Böhler, and Yechiam Weitz contribute in-depth review articles on recent and important books that have generated extensive discussion.

Contents

Introduction

Wolf Gruner (Abstract)
“The Germans Should Expel the Foreigner Hitler...”
Open Protest and Other Forms of Jewish Defiance in Nazi Germany

Geraldien von Frijtag Drabbe Kunzel (Abstract)
The Dutch in the Occupied East and the Holocaust

Hermann F. Weiss (Abstract)
From Reichsautobahnlager to Schmelt Camp: Brande, a Forgotten Holocaust Site in Western Upper Silesia, 1940–1943

Mordechai Altshuler (Abstract)
The Holocaust in the Soviet Mass Media during the War and in the First Postwar Years Re-examined

Joanna B. Michlic (Abstract)
“I will never forget what you did for me during the war”: Rescuer — Rescuee Relationships in the Light of Postwar Correspondence in Poland, 1945–1949

REVIEWS
David Cesarani (Abstract)
The Twisted Road from Auschwitz
Daniel Blatman, The Death Marches: The Final Phase of Nazi Genocide

Christoph Dieckmann (Abstract)
The Geography and Memory of 14,000,000 Murders
Timothy Snyder, Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler
and Stalin

Erich Haberer (Abstract)
Victimized Estonians Murder “Bolshevized Jews”
Anton Weiss-Wendt, Murder Without Hatred: Estonians and the Holocaust

Konrad Kwiet (Abstract)
The Destruction of Jewish Life in German Borderlands
Wolf Gruner, Jצrg Osterloh, eds., Das “Grossdeutsche Reich” und die Juden: Nationalsozialistische Verfolgung in den “angegliederten” Gebieten

Jochen Böhler (Abstract)
A Monumental Project and a Small Miracle
Die Verfolgung und Ermordung der europäischen Juden durch das nationalsozialistische Deutschland 1933–1945

Yechiam Weitz (Abstract)
A Man in the Footsteps of His Fate
Tuvia Friling, Who Are You, Léon Berger? The Story of a Kapo in Auschwitz History, Memory, and Politics

LETTERS
Reuven Geva
Letter to the Editor
Much Ado about (Practically) Nothing

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