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Zionism and Anti-Semitism in Nazi Germany


  • Date Published: July 2008
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521883924

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  • This book is a study of the ideological and political relationship between Zionism and anti-Semitism in modern Germany, from the nineteenth century through the Third Reich, focusing on the years between 1933 and 1942. It considers three contentious issues in post-Holocaust historiography and debate: the nature of modern German anti-Semitism; the decision-making process leading to the Nazi mass murder of the Jews of Europe; and the nature and role of German Zionism in German-Jewish history before the Holocaust. This study sheds more light on both the ideological and practical assault of German anti-Semitism and Nazi Jewish policy on the Jews of Central Europe, as well as the ideological and political response of some German Jews, the Zionists, to that assault. It concludes that the attitudes and policies of German anti-Semitism and National Socialism toward Zionism reflect a relatively consistent ideology that was applied in an inconsistent and contradictory manner.

    • Focuses on Zionism, Jewish resistance to assimilation, and the Jewish presence in Germany as anti-Semitic and Nazi policy was shaped
    • Based primarily on hitherto unused or little-used archival sources in Germany and Israel
    • A topic that has had little exposure to students and scholars and has not been researched comprehensively in the past
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Francis Nicosia's book contains extensive archival material on one of the most controversial topics in German-Jewish history … This will ensure a place for it in every library collection on German-Jewish Studies.' The European Legacy

    '[The author's] laudable book notably abstains from any moral indignation or anti-Zionist posturing.' Journal of Central European History

    'University of Vermont historian Francis R. Nicosia has presented an impressive study of the relationship between Zionism and anti-Semitism in the Third Reich … Nicosia vehemently rejects the argument that Zionists collaborated with the Nazis. The necessary contact and the level of cooperation of the German Zionists with the Nazi regime from 1933 to 1941 can in no way be construed as a secret arrangement or collaboration.' Jüdische Allgemeine

    'Nicosia has analyzed an impressive number of documents from German and Zionist archives … In [the] important … chapter [on] the cooperation between Zionists and National Socialists, Nicosia emphasizes that in no way was it about equal parties, but rather about the persecutors and those they persecuted - and that the latter were sent to their deaths as soon as the Nazi state no longer had any use for them.' Translated from Frankfürter Allgemeine Zeitung

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2008
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521883924
    • length: 344 pages
    • dimensions: 240 x 160 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.62kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The age of emancipation in imperial Germany
    3. The Weimar years
    4. 1933: Nazi confusion, Zionist illusion
    5. Zionism in Nazi Jewish policy, 1934–8
    6. German Zionism, 1934–8: confrontation with reality
    7. Revisionist Zionism in Germany, 1934–8
    8. Zionist occupational retraining and Nazi Jewish policy
    9. From dissolution to final solution
    10. Conclusions.

  • Author

    Francis R. Nicosia, University of Vermont
    Francis R. Nicosia is Raul Hilberg Distinguished Professor of Holocaust Studies at the University of Vermont. He is the co-author of The Columbia Guide to the Holocaust (2000) and author of The Third Reich and the Palestine Question (1985 and 2000), and he has co-edited several books, including Medicine and Medical Ethics in Nazi Germany (2002) and Business and Industry in Nazi Germany (2004). He has edited two volumes on the Central Zionist Archives, Jerusalem, in the series Archives of the Holocaust (1990). He was also a Senior Fulbright Research Scholar in Berlin from 1992 to 1993 and 2006 to 2007, and he was named the Carnegie Foundation's Vermont Professor of the Year in 2000.

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