World History

Jewish Responses to Persecution, Volume 1, 1933-1938

Jurgen Matthaus; Mark Roseman

About the Program

Jurgen Matthaus and Mark Roseman recall the Eastern European Jewish population's thoughts on the rise of Adolf Hitler from 1933 to 1938.  The editors culled their findings from a collection of Jewish diaries and letters that questioned if Hitler's tenure would pass without need for concern, if he was as radical as believed, and if Jews needed to leave their home countries out of concern for their lives.  Jurgen Matthaus and Mark Roseman  are joined by a group of Holocaust survivors who read from letters and diary entries at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.

About the Authors

Jurgen Matthaus

Jurgen Matthaus is a historian at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum's Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies.


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Mark Roseman

Mark Roseman is the chair of the Jewish studies program at the University of Indiana.  He is the author of several books, including A Past in Hiding: Memory and Survival in Nazi Germany.

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Jewish Responses to Persecution, Volume 1, 1933-1938

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  • Sunday, April 4th at 4pm (ET)
  • Saturday, April 3rd at 12pm (ET)
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