By Michael Berkowitz
The Crime of My Very lifestyles investigates a infrequently thought of but serious size of anti-Semitism that used to be instrumental within the perception and perpetration of the Holocaust: the organization of Jews with criminal activity. Drawing from a wealthy physique of documentary proof, together with memoirs and little-studied pictures, Michael Berkowitz strains the myths and realities pertinent to the discourse on "Jewish criminality" from the eighteenth century in the course of the Weimar Republic, into the complicated Nazi attack at the Jews, and increasing into postwar Europe.
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The comparison should rather be made between traders and pedlars among the Jews on the one hand, and among other peoples on the other. I am sure that such a comparison would yield very different proportions. The same statistics, I do not hesitate to maintain, will also show that there are twenty-five times as many thieves and receivers of stolen goods among German pedlars as among Jewish. This is aside from the fact that the Jew is forced to take up such a calling, while the others could have become field marshals or ministers.
12 Prostitution did not, however, continue to be identified with Italian Jewry, as “white slavery” was primarily seen as spreading from the most impoverished quarters of Eastern Europe to Berlin, London, Paris, New York, and Buenos Aires, especially in the last decades of the nineteenth century. Thus, it came to be associated with the international traffic in both willing and coerced women. 13 Yet the highly sexualized “racial pollution” charge could also have appeared more plausible when mixed with the white slavery canard—which did contain a kernel of historical truth.
Thus, it came to be associated with the international traffic in both willing and coerced women. 13 Yet the highly sexualized “racial pollution” charge could also have appeared more plausible when mixed with the white slavery canard—which did contain a kernel of historical truth. 14 Nevertheless, the charge that white slavery was esteemed and protected by Jewish communities was wildly overstated in the 1930s and 1940s, with anti-Semites conveniently ignoring Jews’ protests against the practice and their successful above suspicion?
The Crime of My Very Existence: Nazism and the Myth of Jewish Criminality by Michael Berkowitz