Survivors: Jewish Self-Help and Rescue in Nazi-Occupied Western Europe

Hardcover | September 26, 2010

byBob Moore

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Survivors is the first examination of how more than half of the Jews in Western Europe survived the Holocaust. The widely differing rates of Jewish mortality have long vexed historians, who have traditionally concentrated on explaining this problem through national studies or by using acomparative approach, concentrating on the role of perpetrators, victims, and circumstances. In contrast, Survivors emphasizes the factors that helped Jews to avoid deportation, either through escape or by going underground. Taken as a whole, it book provides the first comprehensive study of Jewishsurvival in Western Europe in all its forms. Firstly, the book focuses on the escape routes used by Jews fleeing from the Nazis, and the disparate networks that ran them, including the routes from France into Spain and Switzerland, but also the lesser know history of the escape of Norwegian Jewry and the famous rescue from Denmark in 1943. Fewof these networks were exclusively devoted to helping Jews - in fact, most of them helped all manner of people, including Allied aircrew, escaping Prisoners of War, and political opponents. Moreover, they were not exclusively the product of the Second World War - as Bob Moore shows, many hadlinkages with resistance in the First World War, and indeed to opposition to state power stretching back centuries. The second half of the book is devoted to three national case studies (France, Belgium, and the Netherlands) that focus on the interrelationship between Jewish self-help and the individuals and organizations that assisted in hiding them, including the Christian churches. These case studies serve tohighlight the very different circumstances and structures pertaining in these three countries and how this had a direct bearing on levels of survival. Separate chapters then deal with the case of child rescue and the motivations of those involved in this most contentious of issues. Finally, thespotlight is turned on cases where Jews were saved, either directly or indirectly, by the Nazis themselves - and on the vexed question of Jews who survived by collaborating with the arrest and deportation of their co-religionists.

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Survivors is the first examination of how more than half of the Jews in Western Europe survived the Holocaust. The widely differing rates of Jewish mortality have long vexed historians, who have traditionally concentrated on explaining this problem through national studies or by using acomparative approach, concentrating on the role of...

Bob Moore is Professor of Twentieth Century History at the University of Sheffield. He has published extensively on the History of Western Europe in the mid-twentieth century, including Victims and Survivors: The Nazi Persecution of the Jews in the Netherlands 1940-1945 (1997) and (with Martin Thomas and Larry Butler) Crises of Empire...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:September 26, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199208239

ISBN - 13:9780199208234

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Jewish Communities and their Neighbours in Western Europe3. Occupation and Persecution 1940-19424. Private Enterprise5. Good Neighbours6. Class Comrades7. Into the Hands of Strangers8. Under One Roof: Hosts and their Guests9. Suffer the Little Children10. The Demi-Monde11. The DeceiversConclusion