American in Hitler's Berlin by Abraham Plotkin
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American in Hitler's Berlin
By Abraham Plotkin

An American in Hitler's Berlin

Abraham Plotkin's Diary, 1932-33

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American in Hitler's Berlin by Abraham Plotkin

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This is the first published edition of the diary of Abraham Plotkin, an American labor leader of immigrant Jewish origin who lived in Berlin between November 1932 and May 1933. A firsthand account of the Weimar Republic's final months and the early rise of Nazi power in Germany, Plotkin's diary focuses on the German working class, the labor movement, and the plight of German Jews. Plotkin investigated Berlin's social conditions with the help of German Social-Democratic leaders whose analyses of the situation he records alongside his own. Most accounts of Hitler's rise to power emphasize political institutions by focusing on the Nazi party's clashes with other political forces. In contrast, Plotkin is especially attentive to socioeconomic factors, providing an alternative view from the left that stems from his access to key German labor and socialist leaders. Chronologically, the diary reports on the moment when Hitler's seizure of power was not yet inevitable and when leaders on the left still believed in a different outcome of the crisis, but it also includes Plotkin's account of the complete destruction of German labor in May 1933.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780252075599
ISBN-10: 0252075595
Format: Paperback
(226mm x 150mm x 18mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: University of Illinois Press
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publish Date: 12-Dec-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Abraham Plotkin

Catherine Collomp is a professor of American history at Universite Paris VII-Denis Diderot and the author of several books and many articles on American labor and immigration history. Bruno Groppo, a specialist of comparative labor history, is a researcher at the Centre National de la Scientifique (Paris).

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