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

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"... an excellent collection... well written and cogently argued."
—David N. Myers

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, this volume demonstrates a reemerging sense of community within the German-speaking
Jewish population of these two countries in the two decades after World War I.

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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.

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Table of Contents

Introduction by Michael Brenner and Derek J.
1. German Jews between Fulfillment and Disillusion: The Individual and the
Community Shulamit Volkov
2. Gemeinschaft within Gemeinde: Religious Ferment in Weimar
Liberal Judaism Michael A. Meyer
3. Visions of Gemeindeorthodoxie in Weimar Germany: The
Approaches of Nehemiah Anton Nobel and Isak Unna David Ellenson
4. Turning Inward: Jewish
Youth in Weimar Germany Michael Brenner
5. Between Deutschtum and Judentum: Ideological
Controversies Inside the Centralverein deutscher Staatsbürger jüdischen Glaubens (CV),
1919-1933 Avraham Barkai
6. "Verjudung des Judentums": Was there a Zionist
Subculture in Western Germany during the Weimar Period? Jacob Borut
7. Written out of
History: Bundists in Vienna and the Varieties of Jewish Experience in the Austrian First Republic
Jack Jacobs
8. Jewish Ethnicity in a New Nation-State: The Crisis of Identity in the
Austrian Republic Marsha L. Rozenblit
9. Gender, Identity, and Community: Jewish University
Women in Germany and Austria Harriet Pass Freidenreich
10. The Crisis of the Jewish Family in Weimar Germany: Social Conditions and Cultural Representations Sharon Gillerman
"Youth in Need": Correctional Education (Fürsorgeerziehung) and Family Breakdown in
German-Jewish Families Claudia Prestel
12. Decline and Survival of Rurual Jewish
Communities Steven M. Lowenstein

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