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Ordinary Jews: Choice and Survival during the Holocaust

Evgeny Finkel


Focusing on the choices and actions of Jews during the Holocaust, this book examines the different patterns of behavior of civilians targeted by mass violence. Relying on rich archival material and hundreds of survivors' testimonies, the author presents a new framework for understanding the survival strategies in which Jews engaged: cooperation and collaboration, coping and compliance, evasion, and resistance. The book compares Jews' behavior in three Jewish ghettos—Minsk, Kraków, and Białystok—and shows that Jews' responses to Nazi genocide varied based on their experiences with prewar polici ... More

Keywords: survival strategies, Jews, Holocaust, Nazis, genocide, resistance, coping, evasion, compliance, Jewish ghettos

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780691172576
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691172576.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Evgeny Finkel, author
George Washington University