Jews in Berlin

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Jews in Berlin

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Berlin was for centuries the center of Jewish life in Germany. Settlement, pogroms, trials against Jews, burnings at the stake and expulsion characterized its history from the fourteenth to the sixteenth centuries. Only after the Thirty Years' War did a new era begin. The eighteenth-century Berlin of Moses Mendelssohn was a city of Jewish emancipation and simultaneously a center of enlightenment. In this period and the generations that followed, Jewish Berliners and immigrants made important contributions to the city's economy. Jewish citizens strongly influenced the natural sciences and the city's cultural and literary life. Economic crisis and factors like inflation after World War I made an aggressive form of anti-Semitism possible, one that ultimately led to the death camps of the Holocaust. The last chapter of this illustrated book reports on new beginnings in the post-Shoah age.
This book is intended for everybody. Jews can reread their own history and better understand it. Non Jews can take up the book to realize that Jewish history is an important part of their own. Whether or not Berlin's Jewish past can be revitalized remains to be seen. The question of whether or not Berlin will ever again have a vibrant Jewish life - as it had before 1933 - is also open. Surely, the answer to whether or not this life will be integrated into the life of the city does not lie solely in the hands of its Jews. It depends on society as a whole.

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Andreas Nachama is an ordained rabbi and the executive director of the Topographie of Terror Foundation. He has served as head of the Berliner Festspiele, the chairman of Berlin’s Jewish community, and as the artistic director of the Jüdische Kulturtage. Julius H. Schoeps is the founding director of the Vienna Jewish Museum and a professor of modern history at the University of Potsdam, where he also directs the Moses Mendelssohn Center for European Jewish Studies. He is the author of A Road to Nowhere, Salomon Luwig Steinheim, and Theodor Herzl 1860-1904. Hermann Simon is the director of the New Synagogue Berlin – Centrum Judaicum Foundation, and directed the reconstruction of the New Synagogue as Centrum Judaicum. He is the author of Hidden Champions of the Twenty-First Century and Manage for Profit, Not for Market Share. They all live in Berlin.

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Finally, a comprehensive book on the history of Jews in Berlin has arrived! Never has there been such a complete overview supported by wonderful illustrations. Berliner Zeitung, Berlin s largest daily newspaper

This book offers an outstanding and thorough overview of more than seven centuries of Jewish life in Berlin. . . . An indispensible read on Berlin s cultural history. Portal Kunstgeschichte, online magazine on art and art history --Berliner Zeitung

This book presents centuries of history of Jewish life in Berlin as a vivid and comprehensive impression of development, illustrated by a richness of documents, profiles, and images. Katholische Kirchenzeitung, German Catholic weekly news magazine --Katholische Kirchenzeitung

...this book [has] . . . become a captivating read that promises a wealth of enjoyment, especially for a non-academic public. taz, die tageszeitung, Berlin s liberal daily newspaper --taz, die tageszeitung

Jews in Berlin is thoughtful and thorough history of Jews who called Berlin home over the course of 750 years, as well as present-day Jewish life in Berlin. Jews in Berlin traces Jewish influence upon Berlin's culture, literature, and advancement in the sciences, as well as the severe depression of the 1930's inflamed anti-Semitism, culminating in horrific genocide. Yet today, immigrant Jews from Russia and Israel are a vibrant part of modern Berlin, continuing the legacy of Jewish contributions to the cosmopolitan capital. A handful of photographs and an index round out this scholarly reference and resource, highly recommended for Judaic Studies shelves.
— The Midwest Book Review

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