Vreemdelingen in een wereldstad: een geschiedenis van Antwerpen en zijn joodse bevolking (1880-1944)

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Lannoo Uitgeverij, 2000 - Antwerp (Belgium) - 847 pages
Pt. 2 (pp. 179-497), "De intolerande stad? (ca. 1930-1940)", describes how xenophobia developed in Antwerp in the 1930s. Relates the rise and activities of Belgian nationalistic organizations, and their antisemitism. Pt. 3 (pp. 487-732), "De bezette stad (1940-1944)", relates that 65% of Antwerp's Jews were deported by the Nazis, compared with 45% overall in Belgium. Relates the process of persecution and deportation of the Jews, the cooperation of the police, the lack of reaction of the authorities, and the role of the bystanders who witnessed the crimes and did not protest; notes that there was a general absence of active resistance. Discusses, also, the rescue activities of individuals and groups.

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