Years wherein we have seen evil: selected aspects in the history of religious Jewry during the Holocaust

Havi Ben-Sasson, Amos Goldberg, Hadas Goldman, Leah Goldstein, Yael Richler-Friedman, Emily Amie Witty

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In 4 volumes, 2003-2008.
Vol. 1 describes aspects of Orthodox Jewish life in Germany just before and subsequent to the rise of Nazism, including excerpts from various sources, some of them translated here for the first time. Discusses, first, the character of Jewish Orthodoxy in Germany before the Nazi period. Then, describes events during the 1930s - the antisemitic legislation and Aryanization. Ch. 3 (pp. 67-81) discusses how observant Jews dealt with the ban on "shehitah" in Germany from 1933, focusing on this issue because it was the only law in this period that directly targeted the Jewish religion. Ch. 4 (pp. 83-110) relates to the centrality of the synagogue in German Jewish life during the 1930s. Ch. 5 (pp. 111-130) presents reactions of Orthodox Jews and their fate during the war period. Pp. 131-147 contain a lexicon.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationJerusalem
PublisherYad Vashem, the International School for Holocaust Studies, the Holocaust Heroes' and Martyrs' Remembrance Authority
ISBN (Print)9653081969 (v.1), 9653081977 (teacher's guide, vol.1), 9653082000 (v.2), 9789655250176 (v.3), 9789655250305 (v. 4)
StatePublished - 2008

Bibliographical note

Guide for the educator (v. 1): written by Yael Richler-Friedman and Emily Amie Witty.
Includes passages and prayers in Hebrew with English translation.
Vol. 1-2 accompanied by teacher's guide and a color video presentation containing edited film clips of Holocaust survivor testimony in videocassette and CD-ROM format.
Vol. 1: Chapters in the History of German Orthodoxy under Nazi Rule
(Jerusalem: Yad Vashem, 2003) [154 p.]
Vol. 2: The Ghetto Period (Jerusalem: Yad Vashem, 2003) [226 p.]
Vol. 3: Rescue Efforts (Jerusalem: Yad Vashem, 2006) [218 p.]
Vol. 4: The Final Solution (Jerusalem: Yad Vashem, 2008) [235 p.]


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