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How Jews Became Germans : The History of Conversion and Assimilation in Berlin / Deborah Hertz.

Author/Creator:
Hertz, Deborah, author., Author,
Publication:
New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, [2008]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (288 p.)
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
Jews -- Conversion to Christianity -- Germany -- Berlin -- History.
Jews -- Germany -- Berlin -- History.
Jews -- Germany -- Berlin -- Identity.
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
When the Nazis came to power and created a racial state in the 1930s, an urgent priority was to identify Jews who had converted to Christianity over the preceding centuries. With the help of church officials, a vast system of conversion and intermarriage records was created in Berlin, the country's premier Jewish city. Deborah Hertz's discovery of these records, the Judenkartei, was the first step on a long research journey that has led to this compelling book. Hertz begins the book in 1645, when the records begin, and traces generations of German Jewish families for the next two centuries. The book analyzes the statistics and explores letters, diaries, and other materials to understand in a far more nuanced way than ever before why Jews did or did not convert to Protestantism. Focusing on the stories of individual Jews in Berlin, particularly the charismatic salon woman Rahel Levin Varnhagen and her husband, Karl, a writer and diplomat, Hertz humanizes the stories, sets them in the context of Berlin's evolving society, and connects them to the broad sweep of European history.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Acknowledgments
1. The Black Notebooks
2. The Era of Religious Conversion, 1645-1770
3. The Coming of Age of Rahel Levin, 1771-1810
4. Emancipation and War, 1811-1813
5. High Culture Families and Public Satire, 1814-1819
6. The Entrance Ticket to European Civilization, 1820-1833
Epilogue
Appendix
Notes
Index
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Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 24. Apr 2020)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9780300150032
OCLC:
1054870517
Publisher Number:
10.12987/9780300150032 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.