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The Crime of My Very Existence investigates a rarely considered yet critical dimension of anti-Semitism that was instrumental in the conception and perpetration of the Holocaust: the association of Jews with criminality. Drawing from a rich body of documentary evidence, including memoirs and little-studied photographs, Michael Berkowitz traces the myths and realities pertinent to the discourse on "Jewish criminality" from the eighteenth century through the Weimar Republic, into the complex Nazi assault on the Jews, and extending into postwar Europe.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. p. 1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Quote
  2. pp. i-x
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xv-xxiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xxv-xxxii
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  1. 1. Above Suspicion? Facts, Myths, and Liesabout Jews and Crime
  2. pp. 1-23
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  1. 2. The Construction of “Jewish Criminality” in Nazi Germany
  2. pp. 24-45
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  1. 3. The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy of the Ghettos
  2. pp. 46-73
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  1. 4. Inverting the Innocent and the Criminal in Concentration Camps
  2. pp. 74-111
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  1. 5. Re-presenting Zionism as the Apex of Global Conspiracy
  2. pp. 112-144
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  1. 6. Lingering Stereotypes and Jewish Displaced Persons
  2. pp. 145-196
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  1. 7. Jewish DPs Confronting the Law: Prescriptions, Self-Perceptions, and Pride of Self-Control
  2. pp. 197-219
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  1. Epilogue: The Estonia Enigma
  2. pp. 220-228
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 229-300
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 301-321
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  1. Production Notes
  2. p. 322
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780520940680
Related ISBN
9780520251120
MARC Record
OCLC
173816773
Pages
352
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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