In Search of Jewish Community: Jewish Identities in Germany and Austria, 1918-1933

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The history of Jews in interwar Germany and Austria is often viewed either as the culmination of tremendous success in the economic and cultural realms and of individual assimilation and acculturation, or as the beginning of the road that led to Auschwitz. By contrast, the essays in this exceptional volume demonstrate a reemerging sense of community within the German-speaking Jewish population of these two countries on the eve of its demise.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253212245
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 1/22/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Brenner is Professor of Jewish History and Culture at the University of Munich. He is author of The Renaissance of Jewish Culture in Weimar Germany and After the Holocaust: Rebuilding Jewish Lives in Postwar Germany.
Derek J. Penslar is Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies at Indiana University. He is author of Zionism and Technocracy: The Engineering of Jewish Settlement in Palestine, 1870-1918.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
1 German Jews between Fulfillment and Disillusion: The Individual and the Community 1
2 Gemeinschaft within Gemeinde: Religious Ferment in Weimar Liberal Judaism 15
3 Gemeindeorthodoxie in Weimar Germany: The Approaches of Nehemiah Anton Nobel and Isak Unna 36
4 Turning Inward: Jewish Youth in Weimar Germany 56
5 Between Deutschtum and Judentum: Ideological Controversies inside the Centralverein 74
6 "Verjudung des Judentums": Was There a Zionist Subculture in Weimar Germany? 92
7 Written Out of History: Bundists in Vienna and the Varieties of Jewish Experience in the Austrian First Republic 115
8 Jewish Ethnicity in a New Nation-State: The Crisis of Identity in the Austrian Republic 134
9 Gender, Identity, and Community: Jewish University Women in Germany and Austria 154
10 The Crisis of the Jewish Family in Weimar Germany: Social Conditions and Cultural Representations 176
11 "Youth in Need": Correctional Education and Family Breakdown in German Jewish Families 200
12 Decline and Survival of Rural Jewish Communities 223
Contributors 243
Index 245
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