Publications of the Center for Holocaust Studies

Gaëlle Fisher and Caroline Mezger (ed.)

The Holocaust in the Borderlands. Interethnic relations and the dynamics of violence in occupied Eastern Europe : European Holocaust studies ; Vol. 2

Publications of the Center for Holocaust Studies

Göttingen 2019

ISBN: 978-3-8353-3565-3 (order)




The Holocaust, though initiated by the Third Reich, was a profoundly transnational phenomenon: the majority of its victims came from outside Nazi Germany, and its bloodiest sites of genocide lay beyond Germany’s borders. During World War II, Europe’s contested multiethnic borderlands in particular saw unprecedented upsurges in violence against Jews, Roma, and other persecuted minorities. From the Baltic States to Bessarabia to the Western Banat and beyond, Axis occupational authorities worked in conjunction with local populations to persecute, dispossess, deport, and murder millions.

The second volume of European Holocaust Studies, edited by Gaëlle Fisher and Caroline Mezger, explores how the borderlands of Eastern Europe as both a space and a concept might offer a helpful lens to make sense of the dynamics of violence during the war and the Holocaust. With their original approaches to specific borderland contexts, the articles collected here highlight various scales of experience. They encourage us to pay attention to diverse social identities including age, social class, and gender, and study a range of practices and phenomena with regard to how these different levels and elements matter and intersect. The volume thereby sheds new light on a range of often-overlooked areas of Europe and establishes innovative connections, continuities, and modes of differentiation for the study of the Holocaust as a whole.




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