Rassenschande: Reinheitsmythos und Vernichtungslegitimation im Nationalsozialismus

TitleRassenschande: Reinheitsmythos und Vernichtungslegitimation im Nationalsozialismus
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsPrzyrembel, Alexandra
Number of Pages567
PublisherVandenhoeck & Ruprecht
CityGöttingen
Abstract

To date, our perception of "racial disgrace" under National Socialism has been characterized by only a few spectacular individual cases. In a differentiated analysis of hundreds of court and police records, Przyrembel shows that the persecution of personal relations between Jewish and non–Jewish Germans after the adoption of the Nuremberg Laws in September 1935 by no means remained on the margins of German society. The Germans were involved in the process of exclusion in a variety of ways: as prosecutors, as witnesses in court or as executors of the judicial and police apparatus, they pushed the persecution of the Jews in Germany. But the mere suspicion of "racial shame" had a constitutive effect on the everyday life of the Jewish Germans. Through the combination of micro– and macrohistorical perspectives, the author shows how Jews became persecuted and non–Jews became persecutors.

Short TitleRassenschande
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