Eichmann's Jews: The Jewish Administration of Holocaust Vienna, 1938-1945
October 2011, Polity
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- This is a major new study of the very sensitive question of the collaboration of Jews with the Nazi regime.
- The book uses newly discovered archival material to examine the role of the ‘Judenrat’ or Jewish Council in Holocaust Vienna. It was in Vienna that Eichmann developed and tested his model for a Nazi Jewish policy from 1938 onwards, so the situation in Vienna sheds fresh light on the way that the Nazi regime incorporated the Jewish community into its machinery of destruction.
- This book enables us to understand in a new way the terrible reality of the victim’s plight: faced with the stark choice of death or cooperation, many Jews chose to cooperate with the authorities in the hope that their actions might turn out to be the lesser evil.
- The author is a well-known and successful writer and he has recently been shortlisted for a prestigious literary prize.
- This book will be recognized as a major addition to the literature on the Holocaust and it will appeal to anyone interested in Jewish History, the Third Reich and the Holocaust.