German Popular Opinion and the Jews in Yad Vashem Studies, Volume 40:2

Alan E. Steinweis


An Essential Source Collection on German Popular Opinion and the Jews: Otto Dov Kulka and Eberhard Jäckel, eds., The Jews in the Secret Nazi Reports on Popular Opinion in Germany, 1933–1945

Yale University Press has published an English-language translation of an important collection of secret Nazi reports concerning German popular responses to the persecution and murder of the Jews. The product of a joint Israeli-German project, the complete collection of 3,744 documents is contained on a CD-ROM accompanying the volume. The 752 documents printed in the book address key aspects of Nazi policy toward the Jewish community, including economic boycotts, occupational purges, Aryanization, Kristallnacht, deportation, ghettoization, and the “Final Solution.” Like the original German edition, the work presents a model of documentary editing, and features a detailed chronology, a comprehensive glossary, and an extensive bibliography. It belongs in every serious Holocaust library.