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    “There’s nobody left” Anti-Semitic Exclusion and Persecution in Rauischholzhausen, 1933–1942

    <div id="zd_pubDate">2018-03-22</div><div id="zd_language">en</div>"I just can’t go back there. […] I [would] like to go once more to Holzhausen, to the cemetery, and to Kirchhain. I want to see, but … there’s nobody left." – Martin Spier, New York City 2009.

    The people no longer left there are the Jewish residents of Rauischholzhausen. They were persecuted and deprived of their rights, then expelled and murdered. At the same time, the history of Jewish life in this village goes a long way back, as does the antisemitism there. In 1933, the village still had 20 Jewish residents.
    On September 6, 1942, the last 18 Jewish individuals from Rauischholzhausen and the surrounding areas were forced onto lorries at the village square and transported from there to Theresienstadt. Three of them survived the Holocaust, returning to the village in 1945.
    This book is the result of searching for those who are missing and the reasons for their absence. It is the result of an extensive search in archives and conversations with contemporary witnesses from the village. Yet, in particular, it is the result of conversations with four Jewish survivors, the siblings of the Spier family. On the basis of their memories, this book attempts to describe those years between 1933 and 1942—years that beggar description. It presents a history of events in Rauischholzhausen that developed their own dynamic and that in many respects preempted the state’s policies of exclusion and persecution.

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