Germans, Jews, and Antisemites: Trials in Emancipation
The ferocity of the Nazi attack upon the Jews took many by surprise. 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. 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. Surprisingly, it only had a limited effect on the lives of the Jews themselves. By the end of the nineteenth century, their integration was well advanced. Many of them enjoyed prosperity, prestige, and the pleasures of metropolitan life. This book stresses the dialectical nature of assimilation, the lead of the Jews in the processes of modernization, and, finally, their continuous efforts to 'invent' a modern Judaism that would fit their new social and cultural position.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Excursus on SelfHatred and SelfCriticism
Past Shadows Present Needs
antisemitism as a cultural code
Functions and Meaning
Two Case Studies
Comparing Germany with the French Republic
the germanjewish project of modernity
Other editions - View all
achievements Altona anti anti-Jewish antisemitism argued assimilation Aviv Berlin Bildung bourgeois society bourgeoisie conﬂict contemporary context deﬁned despite Deutsche deutschen Deutschland difﬁcult Dreyfus affair early economic emancipation Enlightenment Eretz especially Europe European f¨ur fact father ﬁelds ﬁgures ﬁnal ﬁnally ﬁnd ﬁrst ﬁt Frankfurt French Freud German culture German Jews German society Germany’s Gershom Scholem Hebrew Heinrich von Treitschke historians ideological immigrants Imperial Germany inﬂuence integration intellectual J¨udischer Jacob Jacob Katz Jewish community Jewish Emancipation Jewish history Jewry Judaism Juden Judentum Kaiserreich Kristallnacht language later Leo Baeck less liberal literature modern movement Munich nationalist Nazi never nineteenth century non-Jewish ofﬁcial originally in German Otto parties percent pogroms political population position Prussian Rathenau reﬂected regarded Reich Revolution scientiﬁc scientists seemed self-hatred semitism signiﬁcance Social Democracy Socialist speciﬁc St¨ocker Theodor Lessing tion tradition Treitschke unique University Press Verlag Walther Rathenau women York Zionist