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Pius XII and the Holocaust

Pius XII and the Holocaust

Current State of Research

Edited by David Bankier, Dan Michman, and Iael Nidam-Orvieto

Dilemmas, silence, active rescue, passivity – these are a few of the words often mentioned when dealing with the controversial figure of Pius XII. Eugenio Maria Giuseppe Giovanni Pacelli was born in Rome in 1876, ordained as a priest in 1899, and elected Pope in 1939. His papacy is considered one of the most contentious papacies, in historiography and public discourse, primarily due to his responses to the extermination of the Jews during the Holocaust. In March 2009, the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem and the Salesian Theological Institute of Saints Peter and Paul in Jerusalem convened an international academic workshop on the topic. This publication lays out the transcripts of each speaker’s presentation along with the discussions that followed and related documents.
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Hitler’s Volksgemeinschaft and the Dynamics of Racial Exclusion

Hitler’s Volksgemeinschaft and the Dynamics of Racial Exclusion

Violence Against Jews in Provincial Germany, 1919-1939

Michael Wildt
In association with Berghahn Books

In the spring of 1933, German society was deeply divided, yet, once Hitler 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. This book offers one of the most comprehensive accounts of this transformation
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Search and Research: Lectures and Papers, Volume 18

Search and Research: Lectures and Papers, Volume 18

Changing Perspectives on Polish-Jewish Relations During the Holocaust

Havi Dreifuss

The attention that the charged topic of Polish-Jewish relations during the Holocaust has attracted raises many important questions about Jewish society and the actions of Jewish individuals and groups in the face of the extermination. This publication is composed of three parts: Jewish-Polish Relations in the Historiography, Some Remarks About Secret Cities, Research on the Rescue of and Harm Inflicted on Jews During the Holocaust, and presents past and current research literature, highlighting several common limitations and failures exhibited in quantitative studies on the topic and proposing new lines of inquiry.

To Be a Jew in Berlin

To Be a Jew in Berlin

The Letters of Hermann Samter, 1939-1943

Edited by Daniel Fraenkel

What was it like to be a Jew in Nazi-dominated Berlin, to have no freedom of movement, to be forced to wear a Yellow Star and watch friends be transported? The group of 19 letters left behind by journalist Herman Samter, head of the classified section of the last Jewish newspaper to remain active after Krystallnacht, is a rare historical document.
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No Place for Tears

No Place for Tears

From Jedrzejów to Denmark

Sabina Rachel Kałowska

Sabina (Rózia) was born in Jędrzejów, Poland. After the establishment of the ghetto, life was extremely difficult and many had to survive on smuggled food. On September 22 it was Sabina’s turn to bring back food, however, disaster struck and Sabina received a message that the Germans had liquidated the ghetto and almost everyone she had known and loved had disappeared. Rafał Kałowski (a non-Jewish Pole who was relocated to Jędrzejów and re-housed in Sabina’s family home) made it his duty to help Sabina, but suspicion was always high and she was constantly on the run. The book provides psychological insights about identity, memory, and immigration
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