German City, Jewish Memory - The Story of Worms (Paperback)Nils Roemer (author)
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Publisher: University Press of New England
Number of pages: 328
Weight: 486 g
Dimensions: 200 x 163 x 22 mm
"The city focused on by Nils Roemer in German City, Jewish Memory: The Story of Worms was one of many where Hebrew flourished in the Middle Ages, at least in the work of its local celebrity. Roemer's interest is in the continuities between the medieval city and its modern instantiations, and relations between Jews and Germans, before and after the tragedies of the Holocaust."-- "Tablet Magazine"
"Worms's long and exceedingly complex historical legacy is deftly recovered and expertly analyzed by Nils Roemer in his erudite new book. After wonderfully summarizing the medieval days of devotion to Torah, pietism and unprecedented acts of martyrdom during the First Crusade of 1096, Roemer turns his attention to the long and shifting history of how the community of Worms became a central, if largely symbolic, element in German-Jewish collective memory. . . . Roemer's book is the most original work I have yet to read on German-Jewish intellectual history. . . . A wonderfully sensitive thinker and gracious writer, Roemer has produced an utterly original study in the uses, and misuses, less of history than of memory; for beyond his thorough assessment of earlier historians' treatments of Jewish Worms, he examines a wide array of less conventional sources. Indeed, among the book's many merits is that it ignores no useful source for its subject."-- "The Forward"
"Roemer's well-written, meticulously researched monograph, supplemented by 45 evocative illustrations and an extensive bibliography (including interviews with former inhabitants), integrates this puissant legacy within Jewish and German history. It examines the destruction and dispersion under the Third Reich and details Worms's rebirth as a memory site after WW II, explicating the complex course of memory, artifacts, and representation between their local origins and the outside world. . . . Recommended."-- "Choice"