Lovable Crooks and Loathsome Jews
Antisemitism in German and Austrian Crime Writing Before the World Wars
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About the Book
In the years leading up to the World Wars, Germany and Austria saw an unprecedented increase in the study and depiction of the criminal. Science, journalism and crime fiction were obsessed with delinquents while ignoring the social causes of crime. As criminologists measured criminals’ heads and debated biological predestination, court reporters and crime writers wrote side-splitting or heart-rending stories featuring one of the most popular characters ever created—the hilarious or piteous crook. The author examines the figure of the crook and notions of “Jewish” criminality in a range of antisemitic writing, from Nazi propaganda to court reporting to forgotten classics of crime fiction.
About the Author(s)
T.S. Kord is a professor at University College London, author of ten books and has received six major awards for her writing. She lives in London.
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 50 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2018