September 16 talk by Benjamin Frommer -- The Last Jews: Intermarried Families in the Nazi Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia
Wednesday, September 16
Benjamin Frommer, Northwestern University
The Last Jews: Intermarried Families in the Nazi Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia710 Social Sciences Building
This talk will address the fate of intermarried Jewish-Gentile families in the Germany occupied Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia during the Second World War.
Intermarried Jews and their progeny formed a special category in the lands ruled by the Nazis. On the one hand, many who had married Gentiles and even converted to Christianity found themselves forcibly recategorized as Jews and subject to antisemitic persecution and the threat of arrest. On the other hand, the intermarried had stronger ties to the majority communities, were exempted from certain restrictions and some deportations, and ultimately survived the war in far greater numbers than endogamous Jews. In time, as Nazi Germany deported more and more Jews to concentration camps and ghettos, intermarried Jews and their progeny increasingly became the “last Jews” alive in the Protectorate.
Organized by the Center for Austrian Studies, cosponsored by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.