Going into hiding – what does that actually mean? And what did it mean for those Jewish women and men whose lives were threatened during the Nazi era and decided to go underground? How many were they? Who helped them? How many survived the National Socialist terror? What impact did the years of hiding have on the psyche of those affected, and how were the survivors dealt with after the end of the war?
Brigitte Ungar-Klein answers these questions in the first comprehensive study of persons persecuted by the Nazi regime who were able to “submerge” in Vienna. She conducted numerous interviews and conversations with survivors and their helpers, the silent heroines and heroes, and processed countless written sources. Ungar-Klein tells the stories of those who went into hiding and those who assisted them, bringing a hidden universe to light for the first time.
Brigitte Ungar-Klein studied history and German philology and practiced the teaching profession. In addition, she did scholarly research on topics concerning contemporary history and the Holocaust. She was the director of the Jewish Institute for Adult Education in Vienna. Moreover, she is co-author of the book published in Picus Verlag “Kündigungsgrund Nichtarier. Die Vertreibung jüdischer Mieter aus den Wiener Gemeindebauten in den Jahren 1938–1939,”as well as the editor of “Jüdische Gemeinden in Europa. Zwischen Kontinuität und Aufbruch.”
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