Brothers and Strangers: The East European Jew in German and German Jewish Consciousness, 1800-1923 / Edition 1

Brothers and Strangers: The East European Jew in German and German Jewish Consciousness, 1800-1923 / Edition 1

by Steven E. Aschheim
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0299091147

ISBN-13: 9780299091149

Pub. Date: 01/28/1983

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299091149
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
01/28/1983
Series:
Mark H. Ingraham Prize Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
xi
Preface xiii
German Jewry and the Making of the Ostjude, 1800--1880
3(29)
The Ambivalent Heritage: Liberal Jews and the Ostjuden, 1880--1914
32(26)
Caftan and Cravat: "Old" Jews, "New" Jews, and Pre-World War I Anti-Semitism
58(22)
Zionism and the Ostjuden: The Ambiguity of Nationalization
80(20)
Identity and Culture: The Ostjude as Counter-Myth
100(21)
From Rationalism to Myth: Martin Buber and the Reception of Hasidism
121(18)
Strange Encounter: Germany, World War I, and the Ostjuden
139(46)
The Cult of the Ostjuden: The War and Beyond
185(30)
Jewish Identity, Ostjuden, and Anti-Semitism in the Weimar Republic
215(31)
The Inverted Image
246(9)
Abbreviations 255(2)
Notes 257(50)
Selected Bibliography 307(18)
Index 325

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