Between Philosemitism and Antisemitism: Defenses of Jews and Judaism in Germany, 1871-1932 (Paperback)Alan T. Levenson (author)
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Levenson takes an interdisciplinary look at fiction, private correspondence, and published works defending Jews and Judaism in early twentieth-century Germany. He reappraises the missionary Protestant defense of Judaism and advocacy of Jewry by members of the German peace movement. Literary analysis of middle-brow novels with positive Jewish characters and exploration of the reception of Herzlian Zionism further illuminate this often overlooked aspect of German-Jewish history.
Between Philosemitism and Antisemitism shows the dynamic process by which a generally despised minority attracts defenders and supporters. It demonstrates that there was sympathy for Jews and Judaism in Imperial and Weimar Germany, although its effectiveness was bounded by the values of a bygone era and scattered across the political and social spectrum.
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Number of pages: 230
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
"A vigorous defense of philosemitism as a moral and intellectual category in the history of German-Jewish relations from Bismarck to Hitler."-Central European History * Central European History *
"Levenson presents a balanced picture that is neither apologetic of the German intellectual tradition nor indulges in the simplistic construction of an antisemitic German `national character.' . . . The book is very interesting throughout, carefully argued and documented, and well-written. It should be widely read."-Marcel Stoetzler, German Studies Review -- Marcel Stoetzler * German Studies Review *
"Levenson's analysis is penetrating and his conclusions . . . are well worth considering."-Daniel J. Rettberg, Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter -- Daniel J. Rettberg * Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter *
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