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Author Wildt, Michael, 1954- author.

Title Hitler's Volksgemeinschaft and the dynamics of racial exclusion : violence against Jews in provincial Germany, 1919-1939 / Michael Wildt ; translated from the German by Bernard Heise.

Published New York : Berghahn Books ; [Jerusalem] : Yad Vashem, 2012.
New York Berghahn Books, 2012.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  940.5318 WILD    AVAILABLE
Uniform title Volksgemeinschaft als Selbstermächtigung. English
Edition English-language edition.
Physical description ix, 311 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Machine generated contents note: ch. 1 Volksgemeinschaft as a Political Concept -- The origins of the Volksgemeinschaft during the First World War -- "All Authority emanates from the Volk" -- Weimar Parties and the Volksgemeinschaft -- Volksgemeinschaft as Exclusion -- ch. 2 Anti-Semitic Violence in the Weimar Republic -- Fall 1923 -- Violence in the Provinces -- Caesura 1930 -- Assault on the Constitutional State -- ch. 3 1933: "They won't do anything to us---after all, we're Germans" -- April Boycott -- Emden -- Dual State -- ch. 4 The Boycott as a Political Arena -- Tradition of Boycotts -- Resentment -- Boycott Actions in Hesse -- Political Arena -- ch. 5 The Crowd as an Actor -- Gelnhausen -- Intensification of Violence -- East Prussia -- Collective Violence -- ch. 6 "Racial Defilement": Honor, Gender, and Volk's Justice -- Persecution of "Racial Defilement" after the Seizure of Power -- Pillory Processions 1935 -- Norden -- Media -- Honor and Shame -- The Nuremburg Laws --
Contents note continued: ch. 7 The Dilemma of the Politics of Violence -- The "Individual Actions" continue -- "Illusion of the Grace Period" -- ch. 8 Pogrom -- The Pogram-Prone Mood in the early Fall of 1938 -- November Pogrom -- Pogroms in Europe -- Effects -- Conclusion. The Production of the Volksgemeinschaft -- Inclusion and Exclusion -- Division -- Honor and Shame -- Popular Justice (Volksrecht) -- Self-Empowerment.
Summary In the spring of 1933, German society was deeply divided - in the Reichstag elections on 5 March, only a small percentage voted for Hitler. Yet, once he seized power, his creation of a socially inclusive Volksgemeinschaft, promising equality, economic prosperity and the restoration of honor and pride after the humiliating ending of World War I persuaded many Germans to support him and to shut their eyes to dictatorial coercion, concentration camps, secret state police, and the exclusion of large sections of the population. The author argues however, that the everyday practice of exclusion changed German society itself: bureaucratic discrimination and violent anti-Jewish actions destroyed the civil and constitutional order and transformed the German nation into an aggressive and racist society. Based on rich source material, this book offers one of the most comprehensive accounts of this transformation as it traces continuities and discontinuities and the replacement of a legal order with a violent one, the extent of which may not have been intended by those involved.
Other author Heise, Bernard W., translator.
Subject Antisemitism -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
Jews -- Persecutions -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
National socialism.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Causes.
Germany -- Politics and government -- 1933-1945.
Germany -- Ethnic relations.
Germany -- History, Local.
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