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Bitter reckoning : Israel tries Holocaust survivors as Nazi collaborators / Dan Porat.

Author/Creator:
Porat, Dan, 1964- author.
Publication:
Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2019.
Format/Description:
Book
276 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Subjects:
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945).
World War (1939-1945).
World War, 1939-1945 -- Collaborationists.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Collaborationists -- Public opinion.
War crime trials -- Israel -- 20th century.
Kapos -- Europe -- History.
Israelis -- Attitudes.
Concentration camp inmates as guards -- Europe -- History -- 20th century.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Concentration camps.
Collaborationists.
Concentration camp inmates as guards.
Concentration camps.
Kapos.
War crime trials.
Europe.
Israel.
Form/Genre:
History.
Summary:
In December 1945, a Polish-born commuter on a Tel Aviv bus recognized a fellow rider as the former head of a town council the Nazis had established to manage the Jews. When he denounced the man as a collaborator, the rider leapt off the bus, pursued by passengers intent on beating him to death. Five years later, to address ongoing tensions within Holocaust survivor communities, the state of Israel instituted the criminal prosecution of Jews who had served as ghetto administrators or as kapos in concentration camps. Dan Porat brings to light more than three dozen little-known trials, held over the following two decades, of survivors charged with Nazi collaboration. Scouring police investigation files and trial records, he found accounts of Jewish policemen and camp functionaries who harassed, beat, robbed, and even murdered their brethren. But as the trials exposed the tragic experiences of the kapos, over time the courts and the public shifted from seeing them as evil collaborators to victims themselves, and the fervor to prosecute them abated. Porat shows how these trials changed Israel's understanding of the Holocaust and explores how the suppression of the trial records--long classified by the state and to this day withheld by Yad Vashem--affected history and memory. Sensitive to the devastating options confronting those who chose to collaborate, yet rigorous in its analysis, Bitter Reckoning invites us to rethink our ideas of collaboration and justice and to consider what it means to be a victim in extraordinary circumstances.-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
From revenge to retribution in post-Nazi Europe
Tensions among survivors in mandatory Palestine
The Nazis and Nazi Collaborators Punishment Law
Preliminary court examinations
Weighing the actions of Jewish collaborators
Can a Jewish kapo commit a crime against humanity?
The first doubts about the kapo trials
Judging a Nazi and reframing collaboration
Absolving ordinary functionaries.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
9780674988149
0674988140
OCLC:
1089967132