German Jewry: Between Hope and Despair

German Jewry: Between Hope and Despair

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Edited by Nils Roemer

Series: Jews in Space and Time
ISBN: 9781934843871 (hardcover)
Pages: 400 pp.
Publication Date: April 2013

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German Jewry: Between Hope and Despair, 1871-1933, provides important interpretations of this tumultuous and conflict-ridden period and invites readers to partake in the ongoing debate over modern Jewish identities and cultures. Marked at the outset by emancipation and the emergence of modern anti-Semitism, the period witnessed a profound transformation of Jewish social, political, and religious life, culminating in the renaissance of Jewish cultures on the eve of the Holocaust. This textbook unites studies that inform our understanding of this historical epoch to this day as well as significant historical revisions. Among the many contributions are texts by Michael Brenner, Willi Goetschel, Marion Kaplan, George L. Mosse, Peter Pulzer, and Till van Rahden.


Nils Roemer (PhD Columbia University) is an Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas. His recent publications include The City of Worms in Modern Jewish Traveling Cultures of Remembrance (2005) and Jewish Scholarship and Culture in the Nineteenth Century Germany (Wisconsin University Press, 2005).

Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Nils Roemer
INTRODUCTION

Nils Roemer

CHAPTER I
Jews and Nation Building in Germany, 1815–1918
Peter Pulzer
CHAPTER II

Situational Ethnicity versus Milieu Identity: Jews and Catholics in Imperial Germany
Till van Rahden
CHAPTER III
Redefining Judaism in Imperial Germany: Practices, Mentalities, and Communities
Marion Kaplan
CHAPTER IV

Kafka’s Kitsch: Laughter, Tears, and Yiddish Theatre in Prewar Weimar Berlin
David A. Brenner
CHAPTER V
“The Rathenau Charisma”: Modern Design and Art in the Service of the Rathenaus
Elana Shapira
CHAPTER VI
The Jews and the German War Experience, 1914–1918
George L. Mosse
CHAPTER VII
Gemeinschaft and Gemeinde: The Ideological and Institutional Transformation of the Jewish Community
Michael Brenner
CHAPTER VIII

German Jews beyond Bildung and Liberalism: The Radical Jewish Revival in the Weimar Republic
Steven Aschheim
CHAPTER IX
Between Deutschtum and Judentum: Ideological Controversies within the Centralverein
Avraham Barkai
CHAPTER X
Inside/Outside the University: Philosophy as Way and Problem in Cohen, Buber, and Rosenzweig
Willi Goetschel
CHAPTER XI
Cultural Transfers between Ostjuden and Westjuden: German Jewish Intellectuals and Yiddish Culture, 1897-1930
Delphine Bechtel
CHAPTER XII
A Jewish Heimat on Borrowed Time
Nils Roemer

INDEX