A Jew in the New Germany

A Jew in the New Germany

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by Henryk Broder
     
 

Henryk Broder, one of the most controversial and engaging writers in Germany today, has been a thorn in the side of the Establishment for thirty years. The son of two Polish Holocaust survivors, Broder is not only a trenchant political critic and observant social essayist but an invaluable chronicler of the Jewish experience in late twentieth-century Germany. This… See more details below

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Henryk Broder, one of the most controversial and engaging writers in Germany today, has been a thorn in the side of the Establishment for thirty years. The son of two Polish Holocaust survivors, Broder is not only a trenchant political critic and observant social essayist but an invaluable chronicler of the Jewish experience in late twentieth-century Germany. This volume collects eighteen of Broder's essays, translated for the first time into English. The first was written in 1979 and the most recent deals with the post-9/11 realities of the war on terrorism and its effects on the countries of Europe. Other essays address the debate over the construction of a Holocaust memorial in Berlin, the German response to the 1991 Gulf War, the polities of German reunification, and the rise of the new German nationalism. A Jew in the New Germany showeases Broder's biting wit, his sense of history, and his ability to draw broader connections between what appear at first glance to be minor or isolated incidents. In these essays he charts the recent evolution of German Jewish relations, using his own outsider status to hold up a mirror to the German people and point out that things have not changed for German Jews as much as non-Jews might think. Again and again he shows himself to be chillingly prophetic, especially regarding Isracl and the crisis in the Middle East.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252028564
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
11/28/2003
Series:
Humanities Laboratory Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1Why I Would Rather Not Be a Jew - and If I Must, Then Rather Not in Germany (1979)1
2You Are Still Your Parents' Children21
3Heimat? - No Thanks! (1987)37
4Don't Forget to Differentiate! (1987)43
5I Love Karstadt (1987)46
6Our Kampf (1991)58
7Just between Germans (1994)70
8A Beautiful Revolution (1994)76
9A Hopeless Enlightenment (1994)80
10The Republic of Simulators (1994)84
11Ostalgia: The GDR Is Back (1996)91
12The Germanization of the Holocaust (1996)102
13Problem, Shock, and Trauma (1998)113
14You're Not Dead till You Give Up the Fight (1998)118
15Tagar and the Teepee Family (1998)122
16To Each His Own (1999)130
17To Each Her Market Value (1999)133
18Just in Time: A Catholic Casuist on the Front in the War on Terror (2002)139
Index147

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