Ghettostadt : Lodz and the Making of a Nazi City


Ghettostadt : Lodz and the Making of a Nazi City

Description

Under the Third Reich, Nazi Germany undertook an unprecedented effort to refashion the city of Lodz. Home to prewar Poland's second most populous Jewish community, this was to become a German city of enchantment-a modern, clean, and orderly showcase of urban planning and the arts. Central to the undertaking, however, was a crime of unparalleled dimension: the ghettoization, exploitation, and ultimate annihilation of the city's entire Jewish population.

Ghettostadt is the terrifying examination of the Jewish ghetto's place in the Nazi worldview. Exploring ghetto life in its broadest context, it deftly maneuvers between the perspectives and actions of Lodz's beleaguered Jewish community, the Germans who oversaw and administered the ghetto's affairs, and the "ordinary" inhabitants of the once Polish city. Gordon Horwitz reveals patterns of exchange, interactions, and interdependence within the city that are stunning in their extent and intimacy. He shows how the Nazis, exercising unbounded force and deception, exploited Jewish institutional traditions, social divisions, faith in rationality, and hope for survival to achieve their wider goal of Jewish elimination from the city and the world. With unusual narrative force, the work brings to light the crushing moral dilemmas facing one of the most significant Jewish communities of Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe, while simultaneously exploring the ideological underpinnings and cultural, economic, and social realities within which the Holocaust took shape and flourished.

This lucid, powerful, and harrowing account of the daily life of the "new" German city, both within and beyond the ghetto of Lodz, is an extraordinary revelation of the making of the Holocaust.


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Details

Author(s)
Gordon J. Horwitz
Format
Paperback | 416 pages
Dimensions
156 x 235 x 27.94mm | 498.95g
Publication date
01 Sep 2010
Publisher
HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
Imprint
The Belknap Press
Publication City/Country
Cambridge, Mass., United States
Language
English
Illustrations note
20 color illustrations, 12 halftones, 2 maps
ISBN10
0674045548
ISBN13
9780674045545
Bestsellers rank
1,018,476