Item A3.2 - Knaurs Konversations Lexikon, A-Z., Germany

Cover page, Knaurs Konversations-Lexicon Knaurs Konversations-Lexikon, Inscription to Heinz Herczfeld, 23 June 1934 Map depicting projected territorial expansion of the German Reich Cartographical chart of German agriculture, land use, and livestock Definition for 'Eugenics', Knaurs Konversation-Lexikon, p. 381 Definition for 'race', Knaurs Konversations-Lexicon, p. 1295 Definition for 'Jews', Knaurs Konversations-Lexikon, p. 682 Definition for Jewish religion, Knaurs Konversations-Lexikon, p. 683

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ZA UCT BC1556_A_A3_A3.2

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Knaurs Konversations Lexikon, A-Z., Germany

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The book was given to Heinz Herczfeld as a barmitzvah gift in Germany, and was inscribed 23 June 1934. His wife, Miriam Herczfeld (nee Kleineibst), donated the Lexicon to the Cape Town Holocaust Centre in 2016.

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In 1934 this German dictionary was considered to be a reputable reference book but numerous entries serve to highlight its bias and demonstrate racial thinking at the time. Entries of note include Eugenics (''Eugenik'', p. 381); Jews (''Juden", p. 681); Race (''Rasse'', p. 1295) and Racial Hygiene (''Rassenhygiene Rassenpflege, p. 1295).

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Select pages from the lexicon can be downloaded in its entirety. Any reference to this document should acknowledge the original source and the repository of the physical collection: SAHGF Archive, UCT Special Collections.

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