The Crime of My Very Existence: Nazism and the Myth of Jewish Criminality

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University of California Press, Sep 3, 2007 - History - 352 pages
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The Crime of My Very Existence investigates a rarely considered yet critical dimension of anti-Semitism that was instrumental in the conception and perpetration of the Holocaust: the association of Jews with criminality. Drawing from a rich body of documentary evidence, including memoirs and little-studied photographs, Michael Berkowitz traces the myths and realities pertinent to the discourse on "Jewish criminality" from the eighteenth century through the Weimar Republic, into the complex Nazi assault on the Jews, and extending into postwar Europe.
 

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Contents

1 Above Suspicion? Facts Myths and Liesabout Jews and Crime
1
2 The Construction of Jewish Criminality in Nazi Germany
24
3 The SelfFulfilling Prophecy of the Ghettos
46
4 Inverting the Innocent and the Criminal in Concentration Camps
74
5 Representing Zionism as the Apex of Global Conspiracy
112
6 Lingering Stereotypes and Jewish Displaced Persons
145
Prescriptions SelfPerceptions and Pride of SelfControl
197
The Estonia Enigma
220
Notes
229
Index
301
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Michael Berkowitz is Professor of Modern Jewish History in the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at University College London. He is author of The Jewish Self-Image, Western Jewry and the Zionist Project, and Zionist Culture and West European Jewry before the First World War, and has co-edited, most recently, Fighting Back? Jewish and Black Boxers in Britain.

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