The Resource A small town near Auschwitz : ordinary Nazis and the Holocaust, Mary Fulbrook

A small town near Auschwitz : ordinary Nazis and the Holocaust, Mary Fulbrook

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A small town near Auschwitz : ordinary Nazis and the Holocaust
Title
A small town near Auschwitz
Title remainder
ordinary Nazis and the Holocaust
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Mary Fulbrook
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eng
Summary
The Silesian town of Bedzin lies a mere twenty-five miles from Auschwitz. Through its linked ghettos and that of its neighboring town, some 85,000 Jews passed on their way to slave labor or the gas chambers. The principal civilian administrator of Bedzin, Udo Klausa, was a happily married family man. He was also responsible for implementing Nazi policies towards the Jews in his area - inhumane processes that were the precursors of genocide. Yet he later claimed, like so many other Germans after the war, that he had 'known nothing about it.' This book re-creates Udo Klausa's story. Using a wealth of personal letters, memoirs, testimonies, interviews and other sources, the author pieces together his role in the unfolding stigmatization and degradation of the Jews under his authority, as well as the heroic attempts at resistance on the part of some of his victims. Portrayed is a fascinating insight into the inner conflicts of a Nazi functionary who, throughout, considered himself a 'decent' man. She also explores the conflicting memories and evasions of his life after the war. But the book is much more than a portrayal of an individual man. Udo Klausa's case is so important because it is in many ways so typical. Behind Klausa's story is the larger story of how countless local functionaries across the Third Reich facilitated the murderous plans of a relatively small number among the Nazi elite - and of how those plans could never have been realized, on the same scale, without the diligent cooperation of these generally very ordinary administrators. As the author shows, men like Klausa 'knew' and yet mostly suppressed this knowledge, performing their day jobs without apparent recognition of their own role in the system, or any sense of personal wrongdoing or remorse - either before or after 1945. This account is no ordinary historical reconstruction. For the author did not discover Udo Klausa amongst the archives, she has known the Klausa family all her life. She had no inkling of her subject's true role in the Third Reich until a few years ago, a discovery that led directly to this inescapably personal professional history
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BTCTA
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1951-
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Fulbrook, Mary
Dewey number
940.5318094385
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
DS134.66.B43
LC item number
F85 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Klausa, Udo
  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
  • Jews
  • Jews
  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
  • Będzin (Poland)
  • Będzin (Poland)
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A small town near Auschwitz : ordinary Nazis and the Holocaust, Mary Fulbrook
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [357]-403) and index
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xvii, 421 p.
Isbn
9780199603305
Other physical details
ill., maps
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  • (OCoLC)ocn785077507
  • (OCoLC)785077507
Label
A small town near Auschwitz : ordinary Nazis and the Holocaust, Mary Fulbrook
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [357]-403) and index
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xvii, 421 p.
Isbn
9780199603305
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn785077507
  • (OCoLC)785077507

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