PROTEST IN HITLER'S 'NATIONAL COMMUNITY'
Popular Unrest and the Nazi Response
Edited by Nathan Stoltzfus and Birgit Maier-Katkin
Afterword by David Clay Large
"This collection represents a very useful introduction to, as well as historiographical stock-taking of, the field of protest, resistance and acquiescence in the Third Reich. I find the writing to be engaging and very well-suited to an advanced lay audience or informed undergraduate audience."
– Richard Steigmann-Gall, Kent State University
Hardback: 308 pages, 4 illus., bibliog., index
Publisher: Berghahn Books (Aug. 2015)
ABOUT THE VOLUME.
That Hitler’s Gestapo harshly suppressed any signs of opposition inside the Third Reich is a common misperception. This book presents studies of public dissent that prove this was not always the case. It examines circumstances under which “racial” Germans were motivated to protest, as well as the conditions determining the regime’s response. Workers, women, and religious groups all convinced the Nazis to appease rather than repress “racial” Germans. Expressions of discontent actually increased during the war, and Hitler remained willing to compromise in governing the German Volk as long as he thought the Reich could salvage victory.
TABLE OF CONTENTS.
List of Illustrations
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Nazi Responses to Popular Unrest among the Volk of the Reich
Chapter 1. Aspects of German Procedures in the Holocaust
Chapter 2. Women and Protest in Wartime Nazi Germany
Chapter 3. The Demonstrations in Support of the Evangelical Land Bishop Hans Meiser: a Successful Protest against the Nazi Regime?
Chapter 4. The Catholic Church, Bishop von Galen and ‘Euthanasia’
Chapter 5. Possibilities of Protest in the Third Reich: The Witten Demonstration in Context
Chapter 6. The ‘Legend’ of Women’s Resistance in the Rosenstrasse
Katharina von Kellenbach
Chapter 7. Auschwitz, the “Fabrik-Aktion,”Rosenstrasse: A Plea for a change of Perspective
Chapter 8. The 1943 Rosenstrasse Protest and the Churches
Chapter 9. Protest and Aftermath: Popular Protest in Nazi German History
Afterword: Protest and Resistance
David Clay Large
APPENDIX: TRANSLATED DOCUMENTS
Appendix I: The Situation of the Mischlinge in Germany, Mid-March 1941, by Gerhard Lehfeldt
Appendix II: Public Decree of the District Administrator of the Calau District, Calau, February 25, 1943
Appendix III: 1 April 1943 OSS document identifying Protest in Berlin with the Interruption of Deportation of Jews
Appendix IV: Translated excerpts from the Diaries of Joseph Goebbels
Appendix V: Excerpts from testimonies of women who protested for their Jewish husbands in response to a request from the Berlin Bureau of Reparations, 1955.
Appendix VI: Excerpts of Individual Sections and Paragraphs from Legal Texts and Ordinances (1933-1941)
a. First Ordinance for the execution of the law for the restoration of the civil service system. From 11 April 1933. RGBl I W, p. 195
b. Reich Citizenship Law From 15 September 1935. RGBl I p. 1146
c. Law for the Protection of German Blood and German Honor From 15 September 1935. RGBl I pp. 1146-1147
d. First Ordinance of the Reich Citizenship Law From 14 November 1935. RGBl I pp 1333-1334
e. First Ordinance for the Implementation of the Law for the Protection of German Blood and German Honor From 14 November 1935. RGBl I pp. 1334-1336
f. Police Regulations on the Marking of Jews From 1 September 1941. RGBl I p. 547
Appendix VII: RSHA Guidelines for Deportation to Auschwitz, Berlin, 20 February 1943
Appendix VIII: Documents of the SS at Auschwitz from early March 1943 indicating their “pull” for workers from Berlin and their expectation that more working Jews (intermarried) would be sent from Berlin
Appendix IX: Documents in response to the Witten Protest and from 1944 indicating Hitler’s continuing refusal to use force against “racial” civilians who refused to follow regime guidelines for evacuating bombed areas.
Appendix X: Excerpts from the recent German press representing controversies about public protest by ordinary Germans in the Third Reich.