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The Holocaust in Bohemia and Moravia
Czech Initiatives, German Policies, Jewish Responses
Translated from the German by Alex Skinner
454 pages, 23 illus., 6 tables, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78920-284-7 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (September 2019)
eISBN 978-1-78920-285-4 eBook
WINNER OF THE 2017 SYBIL HALPERN MILTON MEMORIAL BOOK PRIZE FROM THE GERMAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION
2017 YAD VASHEM INTERNATIONAL BOOK PRIZE FOR HOLOCAUST RESEARCH - FINALIST
“This translation of a prizewinning monograph by a major Holocaust scholar breaks new historical ground in several ways. Based on an exceptional number of archival and secondary sources—including materials seen for the first time—this volume by Gruner (Univ. of Southern California) adds important new details to knowledge of the decimation of Czech Jewry during WW II… Extensive footnotes, a full bibliography, and six statistical tables add to the book’s value, and its clear organization and lucid text are further supplemented by photographs, charts, and maps…Highly Recommended.” • Choice
“This is undoubtedly an important book. Readers of the English edition will also owe a debt to the excellent translation by Alex Skinner, which often includes original German terms and thus gives an insight to those with some knowledge of the language into the horrors of Nazi jargon. Gruner himself deserves great credit for providing the new insights that have resulted from his meticulous research, which even revealed that, contrary to earlier belief, Jews’ pets were not killed after confiscation but found new homes.” • Contemporary European Studies
“Whoever is working on the National Socialist persecution of the Jews won’t be able to ignore Wolf Gruner’s work.” • Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
“This study is stimulating, closes a gap in scholarship and opens up a wide range of new sources.” • Sehepunkte
“It should be considered as the standard work on this topic.” • Historische Zeitschrift
Prior to Hitler’s occupation, nearly 120,000 Jews inhabited the areas that would become the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia; by 1945, all but a handful had either escaped or been deported and murdered by the Nazis. This pioneering study gives a definitive account of the Holocaust as it was carried out in the region, detailing the German and Czech policies, including previously overlooked measures such as small-town ghettoization and forced labor, that shaped Jewish life. Drawing on extensive new evidence, Wolf Gruner demonstrates how the persecution of the Jews as well as their reactions and resistance efforts were the result of complex actions by German authorities in Prague and Berlin as well as the Czech government and local authorities.
Wolf Gruner is the Shapell-Guerin Chair in Jewish Studies and Professor of History at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, where he is also the Founding Director of the USC Shoah Foundation’s Center for Advanced Genocide Research. He is the author of nine books on the Holocaust.