The Jewish Councils in Eastern Europe under Nazi Occupation
Did the Jewish leaders of the ghettos, who were also victims, assist their murderers? If cooperation with the Nazi oppressors was morally defensible during the first stage in organizing the ghettos, what about later, when deportations to death camps began? Trunk analyzes situations where the Councils and ghetto police were forced to send their own communities to death. Some Council members chose suicide rather than supply lists to the Nazis; others used delaying tactics. Some handed over the lists. Some joined their families in the gas chamber. In assessing guilt and innocence, Trunk never allows the reader to forget that the impossible choices facing the Jewish leaders were created by the Nazis.
Praise For Judenrat: The Jewish Councils in Eastern Europe under Nazi Occupation…
— Times Literary Supplement
— Library Journal
University of Nebraska Press, 9780803294288, 663pp.
Publication Date: April 1, 1996