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Legislating The Holocaust : The Bernhard Loesenor Memoirs And Supporting Documents - Karl A. Schleunes

Legislating The Holocaust

The Bernhard Loesenor Memoirs And Supporting Documents

Paperback Published: 1st June 2001
ISBN: 9780813337753
Number Of Pages: 199

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From April 1933 to early 1943, Bernard Loesener served as the official "Jewish Expert" in the German Third Reich's Ministry of the Interior, the government body responsible for the Nazi's legislative assault on German Jewry. In that role, he personally drafted much of the legislation, the Nuremberg Laws of 1935 preeminently, that gradually dispossessed, disenfranchised, and dehumanized the Jews of Nazi Germany. During the first six years of Nazi rule, the seminal period of government-sponsored anti-Semitism, Loesener kept the minutes of many crucial, high-level, inter-ministerial conferences concerned with the "Jewish Question." As observer and participant, his experiences were virtually unparalleled. In 1950, Loesener penned a memoir that sought to explain, and justify, his actions during the ten-year escalation of Nazi oppression that resulted, to Loesener's professed horror, in the Final Solution. It was published in 1961, in German, by the journal "Vierteljahrshefte fuer Zeitgeschichte." It has never before appeared in English, until now - in "Legislating the Holocaust."

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
The Enigma of Bernhard Loesener--Nazi Bureaucratp. 3
Notesp. 29
At the Desk of Racial Affairs in the Reich Ministry of the Interiorp. 33
Introductory Remarksp. 33
How I Came to Hold the Desk for Racial Affairsp. 35
Up Until the Nuremberg Lawsp. 37
The Origin of the "Nuremberg Laws" of 15 September 1935p. 46
The Meaning of the Nuremberg Lawsp. 52
The Two "First Decrees" to the Nuremberg Laws of 14 November 1935p. 56
How Some Provisions of the "First Decrees" Took a Wrong Turnp. 61
Privileged Mixed Marriagesp. 65
The 1938 Pogrom and Spread of Persecutionp. 68
The Beginning of Forced Emigrationp. 74
The War Yearsp. 75
The So-Called Final Solution of the Jewish Questionp. 79
The Jewish Starp. 87
The Treatment of Individual Casesp. 95
The End of My Work in the Ministryp. 99
My Arrest by the Gestapop. 101
Notesp. 104
Bernhard Loesener's Testimony Before the Nuremberg Tribunalp. 111
Nazi Legislationp. 153
Selected Bibliographyp. 181
Indexp. 185
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ISBN: 9780813337753
ISBN-10: 0813337755
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 199
Published: 1st June 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.25
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1

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