Fighter, Worker, and Family Man: German-Jewish Men and Their Gendered Experiences in Nazi Germany, 1933–1941

By Sebastian Huebel

© 2022

When the Nazis came to power, they used various strategies to expel German Jews from social, cultural, and economic life. Fighter, Worker, and Family Man focuses on the gendered experiences and discrimination that German-Jewish men faced between 1933 and 1941.

Sebastian Huebel argues that Jewish men’s gender identities, intersecting with categories of ethnicity, race, class, and age, underwent a profound process of marginalization that destabilized their accustomed ways of performing masculinity. At the same time, in their attempts to sustain their conceptions of masculinity these men maintained agency and developed coping strategies that prevented their full-scale emasculation. Huebel draws on a rich archive of diaries, letters, and autobiographies to interpret the experiences of these men, focusing on their roles as soldiers and protectors, professionals and breadwinners, and parents and husbands.

Fighter, Worker, and Family Man sheds light on how the Nazis sought to emasculate Jewish men through propaganda, the law, and violence, and how in turn German-Jewish men were able to defy emasculation and adapt – at least temporarily – to their marginalized status as men.

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  • Series: German and European Studies
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 264 pages
  • Illustrations: 29
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
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Fighter, Worker, and Family Man explores how German-Jewish men tried to maintain their understandings of masculinity under Nazi rule.

Fighter, Worker, and Family Man: German-Jewish Men and Their Gendered Experiences in Nazi Germany, 1933–1941

By Sebastian Huebel

© 2022

When the Nazis came to power, they used various strategies to expel German Jews from social, cultural, and economic life. Fighter, Worker, and Family Man focuses on the gendered experiences and discrimination that German-Jewish men faced between 1933 and 1941.

Sebastian Huebel argues that Jewish men’s gender identities, intersecting with categories of ethnicity, race, class, and age, underwent a profound process of marginalization that destabilized their accustomed ways of performing masculinity. At the same time, in their attempts to sustain their conceptions of masculinity these men maintained agency and developed coping strategies that prevented their full-scale emasculation. Huebel draws on a rich archive of diaries, letters, and autobiographies to interpret the experiences of these men, focusing on their roles as soldiers and protectors, professionals and breadwinners, and parents and husbands.

Fighter, Worker, and Family Man sheds light on how the Nazis sought to emasculate Jewish men through propaganda, the law, and violence, and how in turn German-Jewish men were able to defy emasculation and adapt – at least temporarily – to their marginalized status as men.

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Product Details

  • Series: German and European Studies
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 264 pages
  • Illustrations: 29
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Sebastian Huebel is a faculty member in the Department of History at the University of the Fraser Valley and head of the Department of Humanities at Alexander College in Vancouver.
  • Table of contents

    List of Figures
    Image and Photo Credits
    List of Abbreviations

    Introduction

    1. Un-soldierly Men? German Jews and Military Masculinity

    2. The Question of Race and Sex: Jewish Men and Racial Defilement

    3. Jewish Masculinity and the Importance of Work

    4. Jewish Husbands and Fathers in the Third Reich

    5. Outside the KZ: Jewish Masculinities and the Arrival of Violence

    6. Inside the KZ: Jewish Masculinities in Prewar Nazi Concentration Camps

    Conclusion

    Bibliography

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