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Robbing the Jews : the confiscation of Jewish property in the Holocaust, 1933–1945

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Robbing the Jews : the confiscation of Jewish property in the Holocaust, 1933–1945
Call No: 940.5314 D28r

Call Number940.5314 D28r
Dates2010; ©2008
Statement of ResponsibilityMartin Dean.
Creators & ContributorsDean, Martin (author)
Summary"Robbing the Jews reveals the mechanisms by which the Nazis and their allies confiscated Jewish property, demonstrating the close relationship between robbery and the Holocaust. The spoliation evolved in intensifying steps. The Anschluss and Kristallnacht in 1938 reveal a dynamic tension between pressure from below and state-directed measures. In Western Europe the economic persecution of the Jews took the form of legal decrees and administrative measures. In Eastern Europe authoritarian governments adopted the Nazi program that excluded Jews from the economy and seized their property, based on indigenous antisemitism and plans for ethnically homogenous nation states. In the occupied East, property was collected at the killing sites—the most valuable objects were sent to Berlin, items of lesser value supported the local administration and rewarded collaborators. At several key junctures robbery acted as a catalyst for genocide, accelerating the progression from pogrom to mass murder." —Publisher

Part I. Economic Persecution inside the Third Reich, 1933
  1. The Nazis' Initial Confiscation Measures
  2. Mounting Obstacles to Jewish Emigration, 19331939
  3. The Anschluss and Kristallnacht: Accelerating Aryanization and Confiscation in Austria and Germany, 19381939
  4. Blocking Jewish Bank Accounts and Preparations for Mass Confiscation, 19391941
Part II. Jewish Property and the European Holocaust, 19391945
  1. Destruction and Plunder in the Occupied East: Poland, the Soviet Union, and Serbia
  2. Settling Accounts in the Wake of the Deportations
  3. "Plunder by Decree": The Confiscation of Jewish Property in German-Occupied Western Europe
  4. Sovereign Imitations: Confiscations Conducted by States Allied to Nazi Germany
  5. Receiving Stolen Property: Neutral States and Private Companies
  6. Seizure of Property and the Social Dynamics of the Holocaust
Physical Description x, 437 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Carrier Typevolume
PublisherCambridge : Cambridge University Press ; [Washington, DC] : United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
EditionFirst paperback edition
NotesIncludes bibliographical references (pages 397425) and index
RecognitionGifted in 2020 by Shannon LaBelle & Kevin Forbes