Jewish religious life under Nazi domination: Nazi attitudes and Jewish problems

Dan Michman

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States that Nazi ideology was directed against the Jews as a race, with no special interest in the Jewish religion, as proven by the fact that the primary victims of the persecutions were the assimilated Jews and not the religiously observant ones. Argues that although the stereotype of the religious Jew appeared in Nazi propaganda, it was the image of the Jew that was attacked, not his religion. During the Holocaust - in Germany, Poland, and other countries - the Nazi authorities allowed or prohibited religious life in the ghettos, and even in the concentration camps, according to the will and personal background of the officials in charge. There was no clear-cut Nazi policy regarding Jewish religious affairs. Discusses, also, the issue of the prohibition of ritual slaughter in Germany.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-165
Number of pages19
JournalStudies in Religion-Sciences Religieuses
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1993

Bibliographical note

The first Hebrew version appeared in "WCJS" 8B (1982); an expanded Hebrew version appeared in "Sinai" 91 (1982). This English version is a further update. A Hebrew translation of this article appeared in his "Ha-Shoah ve-Hikrah" (1998), in French in his "Pour une historiographie de la Shoah" (2001), in German in his "Die Historiographie der Shoah aus jüdischer Sicht" (2002), in English in his "Holocaust Historiography" (2003), and in the Russian edition (2005).


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