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The Crime of My Very Existence: Nazism and the Myth of Jewish Criminality

Michael Berkowitz


This book investigates a rarely considered yet critical dimension of anti-Semitism that was instrumental in the conception and perpetration of the Holocaust: the association of Jews with criminality. Drawing from a rich body of documentary evidence, including memoirs and little-studied photographs, the author traces the myths and realities pertinent to the discourse on “Jewish criminality” from the eighteenth century through the Weimar Republic, into the complex Nazi assault on the Jews, and extending into postwar Europe.

Keywords: Jews, criminality, Holocaust, Weimar Republic, Nazism, postwar Europe

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780520251120
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520251120.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Berkowitz, author