Captured Shadows: The German Goldschmidts of the 17th and 18th Century

Captured Shadows: The German Goldschmidts of the 17th and 18th Century

by Nick Dagmar


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Dagmar Nick, a multiple literary prize-winner in her native Germany, has turned her considerable talents to researching her fascinating Jewish ancestry. She brings to life her family history through the letters, diaries and documents that they left behind, and shows how—despite being excluded from society, forced to earn their livelihoods in ‘unchristian’ trades, and victimized over the centuries—they rose through hard work and commitment to family to become not only wealthy, but also indispensable to the nobility as suppliers of luxury wares and as financiers and as advisers. 

Author Nick uses the Goldschmidt archives in Denmark and Glueckel von Hameln’s diary to describe their lives on a personal level. She explains the difficulties they faced in business, especially against a background of ostracism, and harsh taxation. The final chapters show how under more liberal Prussian rule, they were allowed to become doctors, scientists, and even famous philanthropists such as Lina Morgenstern and Sigismund Asch. Nick describes not only her own complicated family history, but also shows us that many families have similar shadows that can be captured.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781910383933
Publisher: Vallentine Mitchell
Publication date: 10/24/2018
Edition description: Translatio
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Dagmar Nick was born in Breslau in 1926, daughter of the composer and conductor Edmund Nick and concert singer Kaete Nick-Jaenicke. From 1933 she attended school in Berlin, and after 1945 studied graphology and psychology. In 1947 her first volume of poems, Maertyrer (Marryrs) appeared, for which she won the 1948 Liliencron Prize of the city of Hamburg. Ten more volumes of poems followed, most recently, in 2016, Im freien Fall (Freefall), three radio plays, radio essays, translations from English, four literary travel books, a nonfiction book about Israel, where she spent four years, three short stories, Medea, ein Monolog, Lilith, eine Metamorphose and Penelope, eine Erfahrung (Penelope, an Experience) the poetry volume Zeugnis und Zeichen (Signs and Seals), which appeared in the United States in prize-winning dual-language editions (Jim Barnes). Her poems are included in over 250 domestic and foreign anthologies and textbooks. She has won many literary prizes, among them the Eichendorff Prize 1966, the Roswitha von Gandersheim Medal 1977, the Silesian Cultural Prize of Niedersachsen Province 1986, the Andreas Gryphius Prize 1993 and the Jakob-Wassermann-Literaturpreis 2002 der Stadt Fürth. She has been a member of the PEN-Club of Germany since 1965. Today the lives in Munich.

Table of Contents

The Spaniers
The Fürst Family
Good Connections
The Goldschmidt Family
An Incident
Crazy for Luxury and Empty Pockets
Bendix Goldschmidt’s Patron
Stirring Times
Signs of the Time
The Heirs
Last Chance
The End. Flight
An Epilogue
The Danish Protectorate
The Recruits’ Treasury
Who is Leib Levin?
A New Home
A Gentleman called Bauer
Following the Trail
Albert Bauer
Curriculum Vitae: Sigismund Asch
Curriculum Vitae: Lina Morgenstern
Family Trees
Supporting Literature

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