Berlin for Jews: A Twenty-First-Century Companion (Hardback)Leonard Barkan (author)
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Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 476 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
"Berlin for Jews is a marvelously readable book for people exactly like me, a Jew with misgivings about visiting Germany whose need to engage with an unspeakable history makes us ripe for guidance. But far beyond personal confession, this is a sort of intellectual Baedecker, a cultural history with a fascinating cast of characters out of a German past that included and honored its Jews. Barkan is not a revisionist; he is a patient (and passionate) interpreter whose starting point is his own skepticism and his openness to a host of contradictions and ironies."
--Rosellen Brown, author of Before and After
"After 1945, can there be a 'Berlin for Jews'? Can a Jew be a Germanophile? In his learned, deeply personal, culturally astute and thoroughly unclassifiable book, Barkan tackles these questions and others that many Jews of a certain age, education and temperament have also pondered."
--Wall Street Journal
"Barkan, in his elatedly poetic, meticulously erudite and irresistibly personal chronicle of his rapprochement to and re-appropriation of Berlin for a Jewish, nay, for a historically and morally authentic 21st-century conscience, probes unflinchingly that . . . question: can we visit, love, be enchanted and intrigued by Berlin after Auschwitz? . . . His answer is as full of life and promise as every word of this eclectic, highly absorbing, seriously engaging book: we must create more life, history, memory 'haunted, but also honored, by an indelible past.'"
"The book is thus both travel guide and 'Who's Who.' Barkan leads us on, or directs us to, various walking tours, and his facility as a travel writer is admirable. . . . The book is a pleasure as he shares his enormous capacity for enjoying life with us."
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