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The Greater German Reich and the Jews: Nazi Persecution Policies in the Annexed Territories 1935-1945

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The Greater German Reich and the Jews

Nazi Persecution Policies in the Annexed Territories 1935-1945

Edited by Wolf Gruner and Jörg Osterloh

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434 pages, 21 illus., 3 tables, bibliog., index

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“[This volume] is somewhat more than the usual edited collection of essays. The authors were requested to structure their contributions to a strict pattern, with each chapter organized into three sections: preannexation history; the initial German occupation; and the integration of the territories into the Reich. Each has a useful map…This systematic approach ensures clarity and allows useful comparisons.” · Journal of Modern History

“Much remains to be learned about the Holocaust in the occupied regions, but this collection helps fill the gap.” · Holocaust and Genocide Studies

“This elegant volume explains how the unique demographic, economic, and social situation in each area annexed to the Third Reich played out in anti-Semitic policies. In some cases, such as Memel, Eupen-Malmedy, and Alsace, it offers the first overview of the persecution of Jews in a particular area. In other cases, such as Austria and East Upper Silesia, it presents a stellar overview of areas in which the Final Solution is already well-documented.  But as the editors’ introduction underscores, the real strength of the volume is that it examines the cases together.”  ·  Catherine Epstein, Amherst College


Between 1935 and 1940, the Nazis incorporated large portions of Europe into the German Reich. The contributors to this volume analyze the evolving anti-Jewish policies in the annexed territories and their impact on the Jewish population, as well as the attitudes and actions of non-Jews, Germans, and indigenous populations. They demonstrate that diverse anti-Jewish policies developed in the different territories, which in turn affected practices in other regions and even influenced Berlin’s decisions. Having these systematic studies together in one volume enables a comparison - based on the most recent research - between anti-Jewish policies in the areas annexed by the Nazi state. The results of this prizewinning book call into question the common assumption that one central plan for persecution extended across Nazi-occupied Europe, shifting the focus onto differing regional German initiatives and illuminating the cooperation of indigenous institutions.

Wolf Gruner holds the Shapell-Guerin Chair in Jewish Studies and is a Professor of history at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He is the author of eight books on the Holocaust, including Jewish Forced Labor under the Nazis: Economic Needs and Nazi Racial Aims (2006). He is the founding director of the Center for Advanced Genocide Research at the USC Shoah Foundation.

Jörg Osterloh is a research fellow at the Fritz Bauer Institute and teaches contemporary history at Goethe-University in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. His numerous publications include Nationalsozialistische Judenverfolgung im Reichsgau Sudetenland 1938-1945 (2006) and the co-authored study Flick: Der Konzern, die Familie, die Macht (2009)

Subject: WWII History Genocide Studies
Area: Central/Eastern Europe


List of Illustrations

Wolf Gruner and Jörg Osterloh

Chapter 1. Saar Region
Gerhard J. Teschner

Chapter 2. Austria
Albert Lichtblau

Chapter 3. Sudetenland
Jörg Osterloh

Chapter 4. Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia
Wolf Gruner

Chapter 5. Memel Territory
Ruth Leiserowitz

Chapter 6. Danzig-West Prussia
Wolfgang Gippert

Chapter 7. Wartheland
Ingo Loose

Chapter 8. Zichenau
Andreas Schulz

Chapter 9. East Upper Silesia
Sybille Steinbacher

Chapter 10. Eupen-Malmedy
Christoph Brüll

Chapter 11. Luxembourg
Marc Schoentgen

Chapter 12. Alsace-Lorraine
Jean-Marc Dreyfus

Wolf Gruner and Jörg Osterloh

Review of the Literature and Research on the Individual Regions
Wolf Gruner and Jörg Osterloh

Selected Bibliography
Notes on Contributors

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