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On the Threshold of the Holocaust

Anti-Jewish Riots and Pogroms in Occupied Europe: Warsaw – Paris – The Hague – Amsterdam – Antwerp – Kaunas

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A comparative study of the anti-Semitic excesses carried out by the local populations of Warsaw, Paris, The Hague, Amsterdam, Antwerp, and Kaunas in the early months of German occupation. The work looks into the incidents, the perpetrators, the German authorities, and the role these incidents played in the early stage of the «final solution».

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Titel: On the Threshold of the Holocaust
Autoren/Herausgeber: Tomasz Szarota
Aus der Reihe: Geschichte – Erinnerung – Politik
Ausgabe: Neuausgabe

ISBN/EAN: 9783631640487

Seitenzahl: 217
Format: 21 x 14,8 cm
Produktform: Hardcover/Gebunden
Gewicht: 380 g
Sprache: Englisch

Tomasz Szarota is Professor at the Institute of History of the Polish Academy of Sciences and serves on the Advisory Board of the Museum of the Second World War in Gdansk. His special interest comprises WWII, Nazi-occupied Poland, the resistance movement, and life in Warsaw and other European cities under the German occupation.

In the early months of the German occupation during WWII, many of Europe’s major cities witnessed anti-Jewish riots, anti-Semitic incidents, and even pogroms carried out by the local population. Who took part in these excesses, and what was their attitude towards the Germans? Were they guided or spontaneous? What part did the Germans play in these events and how did they manipulate them for their own benefit? Delving into the source material for Warsaw, Paris, The Hague, Amsterdam, Antwerp, and Kaunas, this study is the first to take a comparative look at these questions. Looking closely at events many would like to forget, the volume describes various characters and their stories, revealing some striking similarities and telling differences, while raising tantalising questions.

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