Year: 1984 Source: Leo Baeck Yearbook, v.29, (1984), p.135-168 SIEC No: 20021189

This study attempts to shed light on the hitherto largely neglected subject of Jewish suicide in the years 1933-1945, during which time the suicide rate of German Jews rose to such heights as to take on the character of a mass phenomenon. The concern of this study is not to test the validity of current theories of suicide but to present a brief historical account of the suicidal behavior of German Jews and throw light on the factors motivating such behaviour.