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Rebuilding Jewish Life in Germany
edited by Jay Howard Geller and Michael Meng
contributions by Jay Howard Geller and Michael Meng
Rutgers University Press, 2020
Cloth: 978-1-9788-0072-4 | Paper: 978-1-9788-0071-7 | eISBN: 978-1-9788-0074-8
Library of Congress Classification DS134.26.R43 2020
Dewey Decimal Classification 305.8924043

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Seventy-five years after the Holocaust, 100,000 Jews live in Germany. Their community is diverse and vibrant, and their mere presence in Germany is symbolically important. In Rebuilding Jewish Life in Germany, scholars of German-Jewish history, literature, film, television, and sociology illuminate important aspects of Jewish life in Germany from 1949 to the present day.  In West Germany, the development of representative bodies and research institutions reflected a desire to set down roots, despite criticism from Jewish leaders in Israel and the Diaspora.  In communist East Germany, some leftist Jewish intellectuals played a prominent role in society, and their experience reflected the regime’s fraught relationship with Jewry.  Since 1990, the growth of the Jewish community through immigration from the former Soviet Union and Israel have both brought heightened visibility in society and challenged preexisting notions of Jewish identity in the former “land of the perpetrators.”

 

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