Literature Tips – Newsletter 5 – 2013

Literature Tips


Mannheimer, Max (edited and revised by Marie Luise von der Leyen): Drei Leben:
Erinnerungen. Munich: dtv 2012Max Mannheimer spends
a carefree boyhood in a small town in Moravia. The first signs of a political
turnaround become evident there in the mid-1930s. In October 1938 the
Sudetenland is annexed in the “Anschluss” and the German Army marches in. The
old life is gone forever. Together with many other Jews, the Mannheimer family
is forced to leave their homeland and find a new place to live. Restrictions
and harassment increase. In 1943 they are deported to Auschwitz. Max
Mannheimer’s parents, three of his siblings, and his wife are all murdered.
Together with his younger brother he survives further deportations to the
Warsaw and Dachau concentration camps. After liberation his third life begins.
Max Mannheimer starts a family and for a long time suppresses his ordeal. After
the death of his second wife, who had been active in the resistance, he is
moved to write down his memories of the Holocaust. Written in the form of a
“late diary” they become known worldwide.


Pilwousek, Ingelore (ed.): Verfolgung und Widerstand: Das Schicksal Münchner
Sozialdemokraten in der NS-Zeit. – Munich: Volk Verlag 2012The Social Democrats were amongst the first victims of the Nazi reign of
violence. Without exception persecution by the new dictators meant the loss of
their political offices, while for most this also involved periods in prison
and finally emigration or a retreat into private life. Many died while detained
in the concentration camps or prisons; others committed suicide.

This memorial book is based on the files and documents of court
proceedings, the prisoner lists of concentration camps and the Munich police.
Reparation documents from the postwar period are also used.

The goal of the book
project is to document the precise extent and various facets of the persecution
of Munich’s Social Democrats, as well as rekindle the memory of those who
suffered and their fates.



(ed.): Recording Survival.
Photo portraits by Elija Boßler; exhibition catalogue with biographies. –
Dachau: KZ-Gedenkstätte Dachau 2013Sister Elija Boßler has lived in the Carmelite convent Heilig Blut
Dachau, located on the former grounds of the Dachau concentration camp, since
1966. At the end of 2011 she presented the archive of the Dachau Memorial Site
some 100 striking black-and-white photographs she had taken of survivors of the
Dachau camp over a period spanning twenty years.

A selection of these
remarkable portraits is presented in the exhibition and this accompanying
catalog. The photographs are complemented by short biographies of the former


Megargee, Geoffrey P. (Hrsg.): The
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos,
1933-1945 – Volume II: Ghettos in German Occupied Eastern Europe, Part A.
-Bloomington : Indiana University Press 2012This volume offers a
comprehensive account of how the Nazis conducted the Holocaust throughout the
scattered towns and villages of Poland and the Soviet Union. It covers more
than 1,150 sites, including both open and closed ghettos. Regional essays
outline the patterns of ghettoization in 19 German administrative regions. Each
entry discusses key events in the history of the ghetto; living and working
conditions; activities of the Jewish Councils; Jewish responses to persecution;
demographic changes; and details of the ghetto’s liquidation. Personal
testimonies help convey the character of each ghetto, while source citations
provide a guide to additional information. Documentation of hundreds of smaller
sites—previously unknown or overlooked in the historiography of the
Holocaust—make this an indispensable reference work on the destroyed Jewish
communities of Eastern Europe.


Wachsmann, Nikolaus ; Goeschel,
Christian (Hrsg.) : The Nazi Concentration Camps, 1933-1939 : A documentary
history. – Lincoln : University of Nebraska 2012Weeks after Adolf
Hitler came to power in 1933, the Nazi regime established the first
concentration camps in Germany. Initially used for real and suspected political
enemies, the camps increasingly came under SS control and became sites for the
repression of social outsiders and German Jews. Terror was central to the Nazi
regime from the beginning, and the camps gradually moved toward the center of
repression, torture, and mass murder during World War II and the Holocaust.
This collection brings together revealing primary documents on the crucial
origins of the Nazi concentration camp system in the prewar years between 1933
and 1939, which have been overlooked thus far. Many of the documents are
unpublished and have been translated into English for the first time. These
documents provide insight into the camps from multiple perspectives, including
those of prisoners, Nazi officials, and foreign observers, and shed light on
the complex relationship between terror, state, and society in the Third Reich.