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Between Dignity and DespairJewish Life in Nazi Germany$
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Marion A. Kaplan

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780195130928

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195130928.001.0001

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The Daily Lives of Jewish Children and Youth in the “Third Reich”

The Daily Lives of Jewish Children and Youth in the “Third Reich”

(p.94) 4. The Daily Lives of Jewish Children and Youth in the “Third Reich”
Between Dignity and Despair

Marion A. Kaplan

Oxford University Press

The chapter describes the lives of Jewish children and youth under the Nazi regime. The opening section relates the lives of Jewish students in Aryan schools and reveals that even before the laws on formal expulsion, these children already felt ostracism in their day-to-day dealings with Aryan teachers and classmates. The degree of oppression was affected by the location of the school and the political attitudes of the teacher. Even half-Jewish children from mixed marriages suffered discrimination. Based on actual accounts by students and parents, the author describes how these children and their parents coped with such incidents. As a consequence, Jewish schools faced a rapid rise in the number of students and were tasked with providing explanations and promoting caution among the youth. The lives of Jewish teens under the regime are also discussed while the last section relates that some parents were forced to send their children abroad.

Keywords:   Nazi regime, Jewish children, expulsion, Jewish students, Aryan teachers, half-Jewish children, ostracism

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