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Submerged on the Surface: The Not-So-Hidden Jews of Nazi Berlin, 1941–1945

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Submerged on the Surface

The Not-So-Hidden Jews of Nazi Berlin, 1941–1945

Richard N. Lutjens Jr.

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256 pages, 26 illustrations, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-455-9 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (September 2019)

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“This book is approachable for the general history reader, highly informative, and engaging within those parameters. A powerful tale of survival, dignity and ingenuity during one of the darkest periods of human history…This is a book that would interest the non-academic … a fascinating read.” • NB Magazine

“The topic of Jews hiding in Germany has long been neglected on the assumption that historical evidence was too scarce. That makes it all the more remarkable that Richard N. Lutjens Jr. has been able to combine new archival materials with a large sample of survivor testimonies to provide a thoughtful analysis of the act of hiding, its changing conditions, and its impact on the people involved.” • Wolf Gruner, University of Southern California

Submerged on the Surface is a well-written and well-researched book on a subject that has not yet really been dealt with in English-language histories. The testimonies compiled here are deeply compelling.” • Christoph Kreutzmüller, Jewish Museum Berlin


Between 1941 and 1945, thousands of German Jews, in fear for their lives, made the choice to flee their impending deportations and live submerged in the shadows of the Nazi capital. Drawing on a wealth of archival evidence and interviews with survivors, this book reconstructs the daily lives of Jews who stayed in Berlin during the war years. Contrary to the received wisdom that “hidden” Jews stayed in attics and cellars and had minimal contact with the outside world, the author reveals a cohort of remarkable individuals who were constantly on the move and actively fought to ensure their own survival.

Richard N. Lutjens, Jr. is an Assistant Professor of History at Texas Tech University. He received his doctorate in 2012 in modern European history from Northwestern University, where he specialized in the history of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust.

Subject: Jewish Studies Genocide Studies WWII History
Area: Germany

Submerged on the Surface by Richard N. Lutjens Jr. is available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) with support from Knowledge Unlatched.

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OA ISBN: 978-1-78533-474-0


List of Figures and Tables
Notes on the Use of Names and Terms


Chapter 1. Submerging
Chapter 2. Surviving
Chapter 3. Living
Chapter 4. Resurfacing


     Appendix: The Demographics of Submerging in Nazi Berlin

Works Cited

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