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Exile and Destruction: The Fate of Austrian Jews, 1938-1945: by Gertrude Schneider

By Gertrude Schneider

When Hitler marched into Austria in March 1938, the country's Jewish inhabitants numbered approximately 200,000. these Jews who have been capable of finding shelter in impartial international locations have been secure; those that fled to international locations as a consequence overrun via the Nazis have been finally hunted down. among 1938 and 1945, greater than 50,000 Austrian Jews have been deported; not more than 2,000 lower back. The estimate of Jews stuck through the Nazis in neighboring international locations is 17,000. as a result, greater than one-third of Austria's Jewish inhabitants have been killed in this period.

After huge examine of the files on the a variety of documentation facilities and utilizing basic in addition to secondary assets, Schneider relates how Jews lived in Austria until eventually both flight or deportation; she follows the transports to their vacation spot and, utilizing the destiny of friends and family as examples, describes the reviews within the camps, in addition to the homecoming of the survivors. within the method, Schneider offers the main exact account on hand at the destiny of exiles and sufferers from Austria. She concludes with an entire checklist of all camp survivors. A gripping historic checklist for all scholars of the Holocaust and smooth eu history.

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