Germans No More: Accounts of Jewish Everyday Life, 1933-1938

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Margarete Limberg, Hubert Rübsaat
Berghahn Books, 2006 - History - 190 pages
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Most books on Nazi Germany focus on the war years. Much less is known about the preceding years although these give important clues with regard to the events after November 1938, which culminated in the Holocaust. This book is based on eyewitness accounts chosen from the many memoirs that Harvard University received in 1940 after it had sent out a call to German-Jewish refugees to describe their experiences before and after 1933. These invaluable documents became part of the Harvard archives where the editors of this volume discovered them fifty years later. These memoirs, written so soon after the emigration when the impressions were still vivid, movingly describe the gradual deterioration of the situation of the Jews, the daily humiliations and insults they had to suffer, and their desperate attempts to leave Germany. An informative introduction puts these accounts into a wider framework.

 

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Contents

BoycottDont Buy fom Jews
7
Aryan Justice Against Jewish Firms Friedrich Weil
14
Patients as Extortionists Arthur Samuel
22
A Notaryship Is Revoked Siegfried Neumann
30
The Department Stores Become German Hetti Schiller
37
Aryanization Everywhere Kurt Sabatzky
45
A Livestock Dealer Gives Up David Griinspecht
51
The Brutality Spreads Raffael Mibberlin
57
Want to Become a Nazi Ernst Loewenberg
103
Jewish Schools as Refuges Heinemann Stern
105
German Culture Is Verboten
111
Hitting a Wall Fritz Goldberg
113
The Banning of a Music Critic Ludivig Misch
115
The KulturbundGhetto and Home Kurt Baumann
118
Part VII
129
The Jewish Wirtschaftshilfe Alexander Szanto
131

Jews Not Welcome in Hotels Leo Grilnebaum
68
A Witch Hunt Under Police Supervision Martin Gumpert
71
The End of a Relationship Hans Kosterlitz
74
Alone in Familiar Surroundings Heinemann Stern
77
Good Germans Bad Germans Joseph B Levy
80
A Rabbi Is Misunderstood Mally Dienemann
84
A Mixed Marriage Beneath the Swastika Eva Wysbar
87
PartV Through the Eyes of Children
95
A Childs Suffering Hugo Wolf
97
Segregation from a Childs Point of View Hans Winterfeldt
99
From German Maiden to Convinced Zionist Luise Stein
143
The Beginning of the EndThe Reich Pogrom Night
147
Escape from Hell Max Moses Polke
150
My Troubles Were Just Beginning Arthur Samuel
159
A Failed Escape Attempt a Devastated Home Siegfried Neumann
163
Part IX
171
Freedom Aralk
173
A Final Round of Theft Siegfried Neumann
180
Biographical Information
183
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Margarete Limberg studied political science at the universities of Hamburg and Berlin. She is working as a broadcaster for German Radio in Berlin. Her special areas are foreign affairs, contemporary history and policies in art and education.

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