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Visible as people, yet invisible as jews

Authors
  • Salner, Peter
Type
Published Article
Journal
Human Affairs
Publisher
De Gruyter
Publication Date
Jan 28, 2019
Volume
29
Issue
1
Pages
95–107
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1515/humaff-2019-0009
Source
De Gruyter
Keywords
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Abstract

Based on their fates, it is possible to categorise the Jewish population of Slovakia from 1938 to 1945 into four groups (which can be further subdivided). The most extensive group were the prisoners in the Nazi concentration camps and labour camps in Slovakia. They were followed by “legal Jews”, hidden Jews, “Aryan” Jews, who used false “Aryan” documents in the mainstream society, and last but not least, fighters in partisan units or allied armies. This study analyzes the way of survival of the “Aryan Jews” following the materials gained by oral history and information from professional literature and memoirs. I focused on preparation, way of obtaining false documents, life in the mainstream society, and hidden emotions when confronted with captured Jews. Although physically “nothing had happened” to most of them, the Aryan Jews were exposed to constant stress; psychological impacts of “the life in disguise” accompanied them a long time after liberation.

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