Definition of Judenrat in English:

Judenrat

noun

  • A council representing a Jewish community, especially in German-occupied territory during World War II.

    • ‘When that failed to help, the Judenrat was ordered to make the wall higher, at the expense of the Jews, of course.’
    • ‘In each ghetto the Germans set up a Jewish council, called the Judenrat.’
    • ‘The ghettos throughout the Reich territory were administered by a Judenrat, which acted as a steady source of informants and active collaborators for the Nazi authorities.’
    • ‘The Judenrat and Jewish police were responsible for making the selections of Jews for transportation or death as demanded by the Germans.’
    • ‘This is just a quick moment in the book, but I'm blogging it because it reminds me to mention the excellent book on the Judenrat by my grandfather, Leonard Tushnet.’

Origin

German, ‘Jewish council’.

Pronunciation

Judenrat

/ˈyo͞od(ə)nˌrät/