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.
Author: Evan Burr Bukey Publisher: Cambridge University Press Published: 08/06/2015 Pages: 234 Binding Type: Paperback Weight: 0.77lbs Size: 9.00h x 6.00w x 0.53d ISBN: 9781107545960
About the Author Bukey, Evan Burr: - Evan Burr Bukey 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 multiple articles and reviews. Professor Bukey was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge in 1993-4 and received the National Jewish Book Award in 2000.