Brothers and Strangers: The East European Jew in German and German Jewish Consciousness, 1800-1923

Brothers and Strangers: The East European Jew in German and German Jewish Consciousness, 1800-1923

by Steven E. Aschheim
     
 

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Brothers and Strangers traces the history of German Jewish attitudes, policies, and stereotypical images toward Eastern European Jews, demonstrating the ways in which the historic rupture between Eastern and Western Jewry developed as a function of modernism and its imperatives. By the 1880s, most German Jews had inherited and used such negative images to

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Brothers and Strangers traces the history of German Jewish attitudes, policies, and stereotypical images toward Eastern European Jews, demonstrating the ways in which the historic rupture between Eastern and Western Jewry developed as a function of modernism and its imperatives. By the 1880s, most German Jews had inherited and used such negative images to symbolize rejection of their own ghetto past and to emphasize the contrast between modern “enlightened” Jewry and its “half-Asian” counterpart. Moreover, stereotypes of the ghetto and the Eastern Jew figured prominently in the growth and disposition of German anti-Semitism. Not everyone shared these negative preconceptions, however, and over the years a competing post-liberal image emerged of the Ostjude as cultural hero. Brothers and Strangers examines the genesis, development, and consequences of these changing forces in their often complex cultural, political, and intellectual contexts.

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“Steven Aschheim has written an enormously rich and stimulating study. . . Perhaps the most definitive current work on German Jewish culture since the Enlightenment.”—David Biale, Studies in Contemporary Jewry

“A major contribution to the understanding of modern European Jewry [that] will establish itself as a . . . standard work on its subject.”—Peter Pulzer, Slavonic Review

“It is rare when one can read a work of scholarship as well conceived and written as this book. The author has addressed an important topic for students of the Holocaust and modern Germany.”—Michael W. Rubinoff, German Studies Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299091101
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
10/28/1982
Pages:
350

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