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Mistaken for Jews: Turkish PhD students in Nazi Germany

Baer, Marc David (2018) Mistaken for Jews: Turkish PhD students in Nazi Germany. German Studies Review, 41 (1). pp. 19-39. ISSN 0149-7952

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Identification Number: 10.1353/gsr.2018.0001


The history and memory of “Turks” in Germany during World War II is a “blind spot” in Turkish- German Studies. What still needs to be examined are non-archival Turkish texts and contexts of that era, especially autobiographical accounts, written in Turkish and German, which complicate our understanding of Turkish, German, and Jewish entanglements, encounters, and exchanges. This article fills this gap by presenting the accounts of citizens of the Turkish Republic who earned PhDs in Nazi Germany and were eyewitnesses to the antisemitic persecution of that era, especially the Kristallnacht pogrom on November 9, 1938, which led them to fear being mistaken for Jews.

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Additional Information: © 2017 The German Studies Association
Divisions: International History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D731 World War II
D History General and Old World > DD Germany
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2016 14:48
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2024 05:57

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