Lives Reclaimed: A Story of Rescue and Resistance in Nazi Germany

Metropolitan: Holt. Aug. 2019. 352p. maps. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781627797870. $30; ebk. ISBN 9781627797863. HIST
Roseman (Distinguished Professor, Pat M Glazer Chair in Jewish Studies, Indiana Univ.; A Past in Hiding) relates here the stories of individuals who organized themselves into a Bund, a commune focusing on self-improvement, in Weimar Germany. Their intent was to help create a German society based on socialism. With the Nazi takeover of Germany, the Bund found itself on the other side of the divide, and as the situation became more precarious each day their goals changed. Kristallnacht members began to organize efforts to help their Jewish and non-Jewish neighbors, providing safe houses, securing false documents, sending parcels to prisoners in the concentration camp Theresienstadt, and mailing letters to people outside of Germany. This history also touches on the motives of rescuers and the postwar lives of Bund members.
VERDICT Through extensive use of primary source material, including some in private collections, and interviews with members of the Bund, Roseman writes a gripping narrative documenting the lives of the people who helped others and those who benefited from their actions. Highly recommended.

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