Violence, Memory, and History: Western Perceptions of Kristallnacht

1st Edition

Colin McCullough, Nathan Wilson

Routledge
Published August 23, 2018
Reference - 170 Pages - 3 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138383135 - CAT# K398634
Series: Routledge Studies in Modern European History

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Summary

This edited collection delves into the horrors of November 1938 and to what degree they portended the Holocaust, demonstrating the varied reactions of Western audiences to news about the pogrom against the Jews. A pattern of stubborn governmental refusal to help German Jews to any large degree emerges throughout the book. Much of this was in response to uncertain domestic economic conditions and underlying racist attitudes towards Jews. Contrasting this was the outrage expressed by ordinary people around the world who condemned the German violence and challenged the policy of Appeasement being advanced by Great Britain and France towards Adolf Hitler’s Nazi German government at the time. Contributors employ multiple media sources to make their arguments, and compare these with official government records. For the first time, a collection on Kristallnacht has taken a truly transnational approach, giving readers a fuller understanding of how the events of November 1938 were understood around the Western world.

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