Undoubtedly, in order to properly appreciate their experience, we must understand its history. Paradoxes of becoming alike -- 11. The Jewish Project of Modernity: 8. Mine, I believe, is likewise the perspective of a generation of historians, endeavoring to rethink what has traditionally been presented to them as a closed, reasoned, and sealed story. While antisemitism had a number of functions in pre-Nazi German society, it most particularly served as a cultural code, a sign of belonging to a particular political and cultural milieu. This book tries to explain why. Loyalty and Complacency 22 2.
We may think that it's not necessary to be so unified. And this was channeled into anti-Jewish feelings in many ways. Antisemitism Old and New; 5. I am deeply grateful to her. However, I do not intend to tell it in full nor in a perfect chronological order. Volkov argues that a new look at both the nature of antisemitism and at the complexity of modern Jewish life in Germany is required in order to provide an explanation. They reflect, or so I hope, something of the search for identity by those who were brought up, as I was, on Zionism without doubts, or, in any case, on Zionism that felt unable to openly discuss doubts; of those who were brought up while the extent of the catastrophe in Europe was being revealed but also while Jewish life was being reconstructed within the confines of a new world, with different and changing parameters.
I open with a re-evaluation of the history of modern antisemitism in Germany. Jewish Success in Science 224 a. My personal perspective is, in a sense, the perspective of an entire generation, a generation of Jews, in particular Israeli Jews, who seem to be still contemplating the strange life-experiences of their parents and grandparents, sometimes even their great grandparents, in Germany before Nazism. And in this respect, the Jews and the anti-Jewish feelings have all kinds of functions. The ambivalence of bildung -- 13. I am committed to the effort of searching truth about the past. It's not very noticeable in Germany at the time, but it begins to be ever more present during the first half of the 19th century, and then after the middle of the century takes on really with great dynamism and effectiveness.
It is like a miracle! Jews — Germany — Social conditions — 20th century. The Eastern Perspective 13 b. He always believed, even when I had my grave doubts, that this was a worthwhile effort. Yet this is not a private matter. The benefit of this approach is even more evident when she considers the Jews of Palestine, who despite their clear-sighted anguish about events in Nazi Germany in the 1930s nevertheless remained preoccupied with teh Zionist projects in Eretz Israel. Description: 1 online resource Contents: 1.
And how would Germans make themselves into one single country in parallel to France and England in this respect? Although they did not seek to abandon Judaism, they tried to reformulate and reinvent it to fit their newly upgraded status. By the end of the nineteenth century, their integration was well advanced. Antisemitism — Germany — History — 20th century. So if you need to define yourself, you can define yourself with the help of such an enemy. Climbing up the social ladder -- 10. Let's first turn to the German case.
For more than two decades I have been preoccupied with the history of antisemitism in Germany and the life of the Jews in that country. It touches my personal roots and the issues I am concerned with — not only as a historian. She was a Fellow at St. The three sections of this book are outstanding essays. Many of them enjoyed prosperity, prestige, and the pleasures of metropolitan life.
Comparing Germany with the French Republic -- 8. Views from East and West; 2. In much of it German history merely serves as a background. I also used sources deemed typical of social history, such as newspapers, memoirs, and some quantitative, statistical data. Volkov is the author of The Origins of Popular Antimodernism in Germany: The Urban Master Artisans, 1873896 1978 and the editor of Deutsche Juden und die Moderne 1994 and Being Different: Minorities, Aliens, and Outsiders in History 2000.
Volkov argues that a new look at both the nature of antisemitism and the complexity of modern Jewish life in Germany is required in order to provide an explanation. He was addressing people who felt that they are 'underdogs' in the process of industrialization. But the story of antisemitism, despite its paramount importance for Jews, despite the giant shadow it casts on every aspect of their life, is mainly the story of the non-Jews, in this case the other Germans, including but not exclusively the antisemites among them. Volkov is the author of The Origins of Popular Antimodernism in Germany: The Urban Master Artisans, 1873—1896 1978 , Die Juden in Deutschland 1780—1918 2000 , and two volumes of essays: Antisemitismus als Kultureller Code 2000 and Das Jüdische Projekt der Moderne 2001. First published 2006 Printed in the United States of America A catalog record for this publication is available from the British Library. In this book I tried to present Germany and its Jews within a single perspective.
Shulamit Volkov is the Konrad Adenauer Chair for Comparative European History and Professor of Modern European History at Tel Aviv University. They also reflect, as always, the uneasy times in which we live. Language and Proper Behavior 181 c. I have tried not to ignore this fact. The Ambivalence of Bildung 248 13. I cannot possibly mention here all the people who have contributed to my work along the way — teachers, colleagues, friends, and students, in Israel and abroad. Nevertheless, when I first began to compile these essays, I realized that they seem to form chapters of a single book and that the arguments in them stand out much better when presented together.
The final text, however, has undergone numerous stylistic reformulations, as well as some changes in structure and organization. Peter jelavich shulamit volkov germans jews and antisemites trials in emancipation lars fischer the socialist response to antisemitism in imperial germany the holocaust anti semitism imperial germany world war ii genocide. Jews — Germany — History — 1789—1945. The benefit of this approach is even more evident when she considers the Jews of Palestine, who despite their clear-sighted anguish about events in Nazi Germany in the 1930s nevertheless remained preoccupied with teh Zionist projects in Eretz Israel. Views from East and West 13 a.