Jews and Intermarriage in Nazi Austria by Evan Burr Bukey

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Evan Burr Bukey explores the experience of intermarried couples – marriages with Jewish and non-Jewish partners – and their children in Vienna after Germany's seizure of Austria in 1938. These families coped with changing regulations that disrupted family life, pitted relatives against each other, and raised profound questions about religious, ethnic, and national identity. Bukey finds that although intermarried couples lived in a state of fear and anxiety, many managed to mitigate, delay, or even escape Nazi sanctions. Drawing on extensive archival research, his study reveals how hundreds of them pursued ingenious strategies to preserve their assets, to improve their 'racial' status, and above all to safeguard the position of their children. It also analyzes cases of intermarried partners who chose divorce as well as persons involved in illicit liaisons with non-Jews. Jews and Intermarriage in Nazi Austria concludes that although most of Vienna's intermarried Jews survived the Holocaust, several hundred Jewish partners were deported to their deaths and children of such couples were frequently subjected to Gestapo harassment.
 

About Evan Burr Bukey

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Evan Burr Burkey is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Arkansas. He is the author of Hitler's Hometown: Linz Austria. 1908-1945 (1986) and Hitler's Austria: Popular Sentiment in the Nazi Era. 1938-1945 (2000), as well as numerous articles and reviews, Professor Bukey was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge in 1993-94. He received the National Jewish Book Award in 2000 and the Austrian Cultural Book Prize in 2001
 
Published January 1, 2011 by Cambridge University Press. 233 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction

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