Cementing the enemy category: arrest and imprisonment of German Jews in nazi concentration camps 1933-8/9

Wünschmann, Kim (2010) Cementing the enemy category: arrest and imprisonment of German Jews in nazi concentration camps 1933-8/9. Journal of Contemporary History, 45 (3). pp. 576-600. ISSN 0022-0094

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Abstract

Understandably, research has focused overwhelmingly on Jews in the camps of the Holocaust. But the nazis had been detaining Jews in concentration camps ever since 1933, at times in large numbers. Who were these prisoners? This article analyzes nazi policies that brought Jews into the concentration camps. It ventures into the inner structure and dynamics of one of the most heterogeneous groups of concentration camp inmates. By contrasting the perpetrators’ objectives with the victims’ experiences, this article will illuminate the role of the concentration camp as the ultimate means of pressure in the fatal process of turning a minority group into an outsider group: that is, the act of defining and marking the enemy which was the critical stage before the destruction of European Jewry. Furthermore, it will examine Jewish reactions to SS terror inside the camps.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > History
Depositing User: Kim Wuenschmann
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2015 11:41
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 06:53
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/56813

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