Bound upon a Wheel of Fire: Why So Many German Jews Made the Tragic Decision to Remain in Nazi Germany

Bound upon a Wheel of Fire: Why So Many German Jews Made the Tragic Decision to Remain in Nazi Germany

Bound upon a Wheel of Fire: Why So Many German Jews Made the Tragic Decision to Remain in Nazi Germany

Bound upon a Wheel of Fire: Why So Many German Jews Made the Tragic Decision to Remain in Nazi Germany

Synopsis

Based on contemporary sources, this is a deeply moving account of why hundreds of thousands of German Jews elected to remain in their homeland in the teeth of Nazi terror.

Excerpt

Wir sind entweder Deutsche, oder heimatlos. [We are either Germans, or without a country.]

--Gabriel Riesser

Vertreibt man mich von metnem deutschen Boden, so bleibe ich deutsch und es ändert sich nichts.

[Even if they drive me off German soil, I will remain German and nothing will have changed.]

--Walther Rathenau

They came for the chief rabbi in the cold darkness. When they rang the bell, a tall, gaunt, bearded Leo Baeck let them into his apartment. Even though it was before dawn, he was already dressed, as if he had been waiting for them, as if they were simply keeping an appointment. Bluntly one of the Gestapo agents told him: "We have orders to take you to Theresienstadt," The chief rabbi nodded, without showing any emotion. Then he asked for a few minutes, so he could settle his affairs. The request was granted.1 . . .

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