By Michael Berkowitz
The Crime of My Very life investigates a not often thought of but severe measurement of anti-Semitism that used to be instrumental within the perception and perpetration of the Holocaust: the organization of Jews with illegal activity. Drawing from a wealthy physique of documentary facts, together with memoirs and little-studied pictures, Michael Berkowitz lines the myths and realities pertinent to the discourse on "Jewish criminality" from the eighteenth century throughout the Weimar Republic, into the complicated Nazi attack at the Jews, and increasing into postwar Europe.
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Simultaneously they sought to prove that their actions were consistent 1 with the development of Christian theology and even with the history of nations such as England and the United States. 4 Although the decision to recast Franklin as an anti-Semite was not quite as absurd as the Nazi campaign to identify the gangster Al Capone as a Jew,5 it was a poor example. In fact, Franklin is well remembered for his design for the official seal of the United States, which pictured “Moses standing on the Shore, and extending his Hand over the Sea, thereby causing the same to overwhelm Pharaoh who is sitting in an open Chariot, a Crown on his Head and a Sword in his Hand.
And all these different lines of business, which form just as many categories of the social division of labour, develop different capacities of the human mind, create new needs and new ways of satisfying them. ” In terms of cultural “production,” how could one conceive of the German classical tradition, Shakespeare, and even the Bible were it not for the phenomenon of criminality? “The criminal produces,” Marx expounded, “not only penal codes and along with them legislators in this field, but also art, belles-lettres, novels, and even tragedies, as not only above suspicion?
This is not the first book on the Holocaust to record the recollections and insights of Zippy, who worked in the main office at Birkenau and is an unparalleled informant about the inner workings of Auschwitz. 2 Likewise, for this book, the assistance of Zippy Tichauer was priceless, as she was able to provide information about aspects of Auschwitz that otherwise would have remained obscure or would have been left to loose speculation. I only wish I could do justice to the extent to which Zippy has committed to memory the murderous and paradoxical world of Auschwitz, about which her knowledge and analysis have proven to be sterling.