Summary: Between Dignity and Despair draws on the extraordinary memoirs, diaries, interviews, and letters of Jewish women and men to give us the first intimate portrait of Jewish life in Nazi Germany. This deeply moving picture of an oppressed community looking inward for strength gives us a new way to address the unrelenting question, Why didnt they leave?
Kaplan tells the story of Jews in Germany not from the hindsight of the Holocaust, nor by focusing on t ...show morehe persecutors, but from the bewildered and ambiguous perspective of Jews trying to navigate their daily lives in a world that was becoming more and more insane. Focusing on the fate of families and particularly on women's experiences, Between Dignity and Despair takes us into the neighborhoods, into the kitchens, shops, and schools, to give us the shape and texture, the very feel of what it was like to be a Jew in Nazi Germany. ...show less
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