For decades, historians have debated how and to what extent the Holocaust penetrated the German national consciousness between 1933 and 1945. How much did “ordinary” Germans know about the subjugation and mass murder of the Jews, when did they know it, and how did they respond collectively and as individuals? This compact volume brings together six historical investigations into the subject from leading scholars employing newly accessible and previously underexploited evidence. Ranging from the roots of popular anti-Semitism to the complex motivations of Germans who hid Jews, these studies illuminate some of the most difficult questions in Holocaust historiography, supplemented with an array of fascinating primary source materials.
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Chapter 1. Antisemitism in Germany, 1890-1933: How Popular Was It?
Richard S. Levy
Chapter 2. German Responses to the Persecution of the Jews as Reflected in Three Collections of Secret Reports
Chapter 3. Indifference? Participation and Protest as Individual Responses to the Persecution of the Jews as Revealed in Berlin Police Logs and Trial Records, 1933-45
Chapter 4. Babi Yar, but not Auschwitz: What Did Germans Know about the Final Solution?
Chapter 5. Submergence into Illegality: Hidden Jews in Munich, 1941-1945
Chapter 6. Where Did All “Our” Jews Go? Germans and Jews in Post-Nazi Germany