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Author Brothers, Eric, 1958-
Title Berlin ghetto : Herbert Baum and the anti-fascist resistance / Eric Brothers.
Published Stroud [England] : Spellmount, 2012.
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 Floor2  DD256.4.B47 B768 2012    IN LIBRARY
Description 224 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 199-217) and index.
Contents The seeds of Jewish anti-fascism (1925-1932) -- THe search for a German-Jewish identity in the youth movement -- The 'Red assimilation' -- Stalinism in the communist party of Germany -- Descent into darkness (1933) -- Persecution, setbacks and the beginning of resistance (1933) -- Acts of rebellion (1934) -- Arrests and persecution (1935) -- The Brussels conference and the 'Trojan Horse' policy (1935-1936) -- Political and intellectual resistance (1936) -- Communism as a cure for Nazism (1937) -- Resistance in isolation and Kristallnacht (1938) -- Renewed activity, attempts to flee and the Nazi-Soviet treaties (1939) -- War, forced labour and resistance (1939-1940) -- Anti-fascism takes centre stage and trouble-brewing (1941) -- Living on the edge and 'Soviet Paradise' (1942) -- Arson, arrests and reprisals (1942) -- Interrogations, executions and survival (1942-1944).
Summary Berlin Ghetto tells the story of a group of young people who had lives filled with intellectual exploration, intense friendships and romances - and dangerous, illegal political action against the Nazi regime. The roots of anti-fascism in the Communist, Socialist and Jewish youth movements of pre-Nazi working class Berlin are examined. The story of Herbert Baum and anti-fascism in the heart of Hitler's Reich is told through oral and written testimony of survivors, friends and relatives of group members, Nazi trial records and other primary documents of the period. In May of 1942, Baum and several others went into the massive anti-Soviet and anti-Semitic Nazi propaganda exhibition Das Sowjet-Paradies (Soviet Paradise) and set off several small explosive devices. A comrade of Baum's was interrogated by the Gestapo and under torture gave them a list of people associated with the Baum group. One by one, those on the list were arrested, put on trial and executed. Others were sent to concentration or death camps, whilst a few managed to survive underground. Berlin Ghetto is a testament to courage and youthful sacrifice, to Jewish (and non-Jewish) anti-fascist resistance in Nazi Germany.
Subject Baum, Herbert, 1912-1942.
Anti-fascist movements -- Germany -- Berlin.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Jewish resistance -- Germany -- Berlin.
ISBN 0752476866 (hbk)
9780752476865 (hbk)
OCLC number 808516444