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Weimar Film and Modern Jewish IdentityWeimar Film and Jewish Acculturation

Weimar Film and Modern Jewish Identity: Weimar Film and Jewish Acculturation [Jewish modernization in Germany, and its influence on both German and Jewish thought, politics, and culture, has fascinated generations of scholars.1 In depicting the nature of Jewish integration in modern Germany, scholars have traditionally oscillated between portrayals of “symbiotic” and “submissive” relationships, differing primarily in their answer to the question whether Jews contributed qua Jews to the German public discourse, or rather relinquished their particularities in the process of assimilation.2 Current studies have pointed out, however, that both of these paradigms presuppose a “wrong and ahistorical” notion of authentic and recognizably different Jewish and German cultural identities.3 Recent scholarship on Jewish experience in modern Germany has therefore advocated a shift of emphasis from its national and religious tensions to its social practices. Consequently, these studies accentuate the roles of non-national —or transnational—contexts in shaping the modern German Jewish experience. Rather than searching for the influences of the autochthonous Jewish culture and the transformation it underwent as a result of Jewish assimilation in Germany, scholars have shifted their focus to the process of Jewish integration within the educated middle class in the German cities.4 Underscoring its bourgeois context, many scholars have come to regard the absorption of bourgeois values and norms as a key component of the modern Jewish experience.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

Weimar Film and Modern Jewish IdentityWeimar Film and Jewish Acculturation

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Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright
© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2012
ISBN
978-1-349-34419-2
Pages
1 –15
DOI
10.1057/9781137010841_1
Publisher site
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Abstract

[Jewish modernization in Germany, and its influence on both German and Jewish thought, politics, and culture, has fascinated generations of scholars.1 In depicting the nature of Jewish integration in modern Germany, scholars have traditionally oscillated between portrayals of “symbiotic” and “submissive” relationships, differing primarily in their answer to the question whether Jews contributed qua Jews to the German public discourse, or rather relinquished their particularities in the process of assimilation.2 Current studies have pointed out, however, that both of these paradigms presuppose a “wrong and ahistorical” notion of authentic and recognizably different Jewish and German cultural identities.3 Recent scholarship on Jewish experience in modern Germany has therefore advocated a shift of emphasis from its national and religious tensions to its social practices. Consequently, these studies accentuate the roles of non-national —or transnational—contexts in shaping the modern German Jewish experience. Rather than searching for the influences of the autochthonous Jewish culture and the transformation it underwent as a result of Jewish assimilation in Germany, scholars have shifted their focus to the process of Jewish integration within the educated middle class in the German cities.4 Underscoring its bourgeois context, many scholars have come to regard the absorption of bourgeois values and norms as a key component of the modern Jewish experience.]

Published: Nov 6, 2015

Keywords: Jewish Identity; German City; Cinema Theater; German Culture; Weimar Republic

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