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Texts & Contexts #0014: Jews and Germany: From the "Judeo-German Symbiosis" to the Memory of Auschwitz

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The Jews and Germany debunks a modern myth: that once upon a time there was a Judeo-German symbiosis, in which two cultures met and brought out the best in each other. Enzo Traverso argues that to the contrary, the attainments of Jews in the German-speaking world were due to the Jews aspiring to be German, with little help from and often against the open hostility of Germans. As the Holocaust proved in murder and theft, German Jews could never be German enough.
 
Now the works of German Jews are being published and reprinted in Germany. It is a matter of enormous difference whether the German rediscovery of German Jews is another annexation of Jewish property or an act of rebuilding a link between traditions.
 
Traverso shows how tenuous the link was in the first place. He resumes the queries of German Jews who asked throughout the twentieth century what it meant to be both Jewish and German. Hannah Arendt, Gershom Scholem, Martin Buber, Max Horkheimer, Walter Benjamin, Theodor Adorno, Ernst Bloch, Rosa Luxemburg, Franz Kafka, and many more thinkers of genius found the problems unavoidable and full of paradoxes. In returning to them Traverso not only demolishes a sugary myth but also reasserts the responsibility of history to recover memory, even if bitter and full of pain.
 
Enzo Traverso was born in Italy in 1957. He currently works at the Bibliothéque de documentation internationale contemporaine in Nanterre, where he is in charge of the German section of documentary research. He is also the author of The Marxists and the Jewish Question: History of a Debate, 1843-1943.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 187-206) and index.

About the Author

Daniel Weissbort is a professor of English at the University of Iowa. He is the author of Inscription and the editor of Translating Poetry and The Poetry of Survival. His translations include Claude Simons The World about Us.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803244269
Translator:
Weissbort, Daniel
Author:
Weissbort, Daniel
Author:
Traverso, Enzo
Publisher:
Unp - Nebraska
Location:
Lincoln :
Subject:
History
Subject:
Judaism - General
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Europe - Germany
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
Holocaust
Subject:
Antisemitism
Subject:
Holocaust, jewish
Subject:
Germany Ethnic relations.
Subject:
German
Subject:
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Influence.
Subject:
World History-Germany
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Texts and Contexts
Series Volume:
0014
Publication Date:
19950531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
216
Dimensions:
8.81x5.47x1.17 in. .90 lbs.

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Europe » Germany » General
History and Social Science » World History » Germany » General
History and Social Science » World History » Holocaust
Religion » Judaism » General

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