The Jews of Bohemia and Moravia: Facing the Holocaust (Comprehensive History of the Holocaust ) (Paperback)

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The Jews of Bohemia and Moravia: Facing the Holocaust (Comprehensive History of the Holocaust ) (Paperback)

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Published by the University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, and Yad Vashem, Jerusalem
“We were both small nations whose existence could never be taken for granted,” Václav Havel said of the Czechs and the Jews of Israel in 1990, and indeed, the complex and intimate link between the fortunes of these two peoples is unique in European history. This book by one of the world’s leading authorities on the history of Czech and Slovak Jewry during the Nazi period is the first to thoroughly document this singular relationship and to trace its impact on the fate of the Jews of Bohemia and Moravia during the Holocaust.
Livia Rothkirchen provides a detailed and comprehensive history of how Nazi rule in the Czech lands was shaped as much by local culture and circumstances as by military policy. The extraordinary nature of the Czech Jews’ experience emerges in chapters on the role of the Jewish minority in Czech life; the crises of the Munich agreement and the German occupation; the reaction of the local population to the persecution of the Jews; the policies of the London-based government in exile; the question of Jewish resistance; and the Theresienstadt ghetto. The Jews of Bohemia and Moravia is based on a wealth of primary documents, many uncovered only after the 1989 November revolution, and includes an epilogue on the post-1945 period.
The historian Livia Rothkirchen has worked for the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem for more than twenty-five years. She is the author of The Destruction of Slovak Jewry and was awarded the Max Nordau Prize for history.
Product Details ISBN: 9780803240070
ISBN-10: 0803240074
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication Date: May 1st, 2012
Pages: 464
Language: English
Series: Comprehensive History of the Holocaust
“The Jews of Bohemia and Moravia will certainly be inspiring for all readers with an interest in the history of the Jewish presence in the Czech lands. It has a highly detailed system of footnotes and a wide bibliography, allowing readers to find other publications and studies for the individual periods under description.”—Petr Bednarik, Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies

“An extensive bibliography and list of footnotes are included. Vivid and sobering, this book covers much ground. An essential addition to academic libraries with Holocaust collections.”—Hallie Cantor, Association of Jewish Libraries