Burgenland

Village Secrets and the First Tremors of the Holocaust

Publication Date15th May 2023

Book FormatHardback

pages384

Illustrations30

Height234

Width156

A dazzling multi-generational examination exploring Jewishness in Europe, the Holocaust and the dark spectres of anti-Semitism and populism.
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ISBN
9781398116931

When Hitler marched into Austria in March 1938, he was given a rapturous reception. Millions lined the streets and filled the squares of Vienna. Tobias Portschy, a self-appointed regional Nazi chief, considered what to give the Fuhrer for his birthday, and devised a somewhat particular gift from the Austrian people, the elimination of Jewish life in the Burgenland, picturesque farming country about 70 km south-east of Vienna. Eichmann took note of the brutal methodology. The Holocaust had begun.


Burgenland is an astonishing survey of Jewish history in Central Europe, an account of the opening salvo of what turned into the systematic industrial scale genocide of European Jewry, a stern examination of British policy and the world’s wholly inadequate response. It is also a deeply personal memoir and family history. Impeccably researched and hugely ambitious in scope, it narrates the full arc of the Jewish experience in Central Europe over 300 years, following the lives of one family who played a significant part in events described from the struggle for civil liberties, to the resistance to fascism and the rise of Zionism.


David Joseph has dissected an uncomfortable history, and the results demand a substantial re-assessment of the orthodox narrative around the Holocaust both in Britain and in Austria.

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