Between Philosemitism and Antisemitism: Defenses of Jews and Judaism in Germany, 1871-1932

Overview

Philosemitism, as Alan T. Levenson explains it, is "any pro-Jewish or pro-Judaic utterance or act." The German term for this phenomenon appeared in the language at roughly the same time as its more famous counterpart, antisemitism, and its emergence signifies an important, often neglected aspect of German-Jewish encounters. Between Philosemitism and Antisemitism offers the first assessment of the non-Jewish defense of Jews, Judaism, and Jewishness from the foundation of the German Reich in 1871 until the ascent ...
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Overview

Philosemitism, as Alan T. Levenson explains it, is "any pro-Jewish or pro-Judaic utterance or act." The German term for this phenomenon appeared in the language at roughly the same time as its more famous counterpart, antisemitism, and its emergence signifies an important, often neglected aspect of German-Jewish encounters. Between Philosemitism and Antisemitism offers the first assessment of the non-Jewish defense of Jews, Judaism, and Jewishness from the foundation of the German Reich in 1871 until the ascent of the Nazis in 1932, when befriending Jews became a crime.
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Editorial Reviews

Choice

“Whether addressing voices in the German peace movement, authors of works of fiction, missionaries, or supporters of Herzlian Zionism, Levenson detects a common thread of otherness preventing any mutually constructive German-Jewish symbiosis from emerging. In the shadow of the Holocaust, Levenson demonstrates that all shades of anti-semitism were present in the German culture . . . the complex matrix of social interaction that made the Holocaust possible.”—D. A. Meier, Choice

— D. A. Meier

Central European History

“A vigorous defense of philosemitism as a moral and intellectual category in the history of German-Jewish relations from Bismarck to Hitler.”—Central European History
German Studies Review

“Levenson presents a balanced picture that is neither apologetic of the German intellectual tradition nor indulges in the simplistic construction of an antisemitic German ‘national character.’ . . . The book is very interesting throughout, carefully argued and documented, and well-written. It should be widely read.”—Marcel Stoetzler, German Studies Review

— Marcel Stoetzler

Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter

“Levenson’s analysis is penetrating and his conclusions . . . are well worth considering.”—Daniel J. Rettberg, Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter

— Daniel J. Rettberg

German Studies Review - Marcel Stoetzler

“Levenson presents a balanced picture that is neither apologetic of the German intellectual tradition nor indulges in the simplistic construction of an antisemitic German ‘national character.’ . . . The book is very interesting throughout, carefully argued and documented, and well-written. It should be widely read.”—Marcel Stoetzler, German Studies Review
Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter - Daniel J. Rettberg

“Levenson’s analysis is penetrating and his conclusions . . . are well worth considering.”—Daniel J. Rettberg, Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter
Choice - D. A. Meier

“Whether addressing voices in the German peace movement, authors of works of fiction, missionaries, or supporters of Herzlian Zionism, Levenson detects a common thread of otherness preventing any mutually constructive German-Jewish symbiosis from emerging. In the shadow of the Holocaust, Levenson demonstrates that all shades of anti-semitism were present in the German culture . . . the complex matrix of social interaction that made the Holocaust possible.”—D. A. Meier, Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803245761
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2013
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Alan T. Levenson is a professor of Jewish history at Laura and Alvin Siegal College of Judaic Studies.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. 1 Philosemitism in the public arena
1 Philosemitic discourse in imperial Germany 3
2 The German peace movement and the Jews 21
3 The problematics of philosemitic fiction 44
4 Missionary Protestants and the defense of Judaism 64
Pt. 2 Philosemitic tendencies and individuals
5 The Gentile reception of Herzlian Zionism 93
6 Christian author, Jewish book? 110
7 An adventure in otherness 123
8 The apostate as philosemite 132
App The case for philosemitism 143
Notes 149
Selected bibliography 181
Source acknowledgments 189
Index 191
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