The German-Jewish Dialogue

The German-Jewish Dialogue : An Anthology of Literary Texts, 1749-1993

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'I love the German character more than anything else in the world, and my breast is an archive of German song' So wrote Heinrich Heine in 1824, adding: 'It is likely that my Muse gave her German dress something of a foreign cut from annoyance with the German character'. Here Heine sums up the ambivalent emotions of Jews who felt at home in German culture and yet, even in the age of emancipation, found Germany less than welcoming. This anthology illustrates the history of Jews in Germany from the eighteenth century, when it was first proposed to give Jews civil rights, to the 1990's and the problems of living after the Holocaust. The texts include short stories, plays, poems, essays, letters and diary entries, all chosen for their literary merit as well as the light they shed on the relations between Jews in Germany and Austria and their Gentile fellow-citizens. Ritchie Robertson's lucid introduction provides the necessary historical context and his translations make available in English in some cases for the first time - both Jewish writers on various aspects of Jewish experience and responses of Gentile writers to the Jews in their midst.
Each is introduced by a short illuminating preface.
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  • Paperback | 424 pages
  • 128.5 x 194.3 x 20.3mm | 308.54g
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0192839101
  • 9780192839107

About Ritchie Robertson

Ritchie Robertson is Reader in German at Oxford University and Fellow of St John's College, Oxford.
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