Weimar Film and Modern Jewish Identity
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In reading popular films of the Weimar Republic as candid commentaries on Jewish acculturation, Ofer Ashkenzi provides an alternative context for a re-evaluation of the infamous 'German-Jewish symbiosis' before the rise of Nazism, as well as a new framework for the understanding of the German 'national' film in the years leading to Hitler's regime.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 234 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 13.46mm | 326g
  • Basingstoke, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1st ed. 2012
  • 6 Illustrations, black and white; XVI, 234 p. 6 illus.
  • 1349344192
  • 9781349344192

Table of contents

The Jews Have No Shame: The 'Jewish Problem' in Weimar Urban Comedies A Man in The Street: Identity and Performance in Weimar Domestic Melodramas Assimilating the Shrew: Alraune and Weimar Horror Film Wandering Jews: A Jewish Solution for the German Crisis in Adventure and War Film
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Review Text

"Against the previously standard reading of Weimar film as obsessed with the German nation, Ashkenazi provides an alternative

reading that emphasizes the bourgeois and liberal dreams of these Jewish cultural actors. He argues convincingly that

even in popular genre films with no manifest discussion of Jewishness, filmmakers such Ernst Lubitsch, Joe May, and

Fritz Lang used visual and narrative strategies to engage with the question of the German-Jewish relationship and of

Jewish acculturation and assimilation. Summing Up: Highly recommended." - CHOICE

"Contributing a new perspective on Weimar film is no small feat, considering the formidable array of books on the subject, from classic works by Lotte Eisner and Siegfried Kracauer to more recent studies by Thomas Elsaesser and Anton Kaes. Ashkenazi's book, however, is extremely readable and engaging, and offers analyses of Weimar films often neglected. This, along with his unique focus on the link between processes of Jewish identity formation and cinema, allows Ashkenazi to contribute a fresh perspective to Weimar film scholarship." - German History

"Outstanding . . . Ashkenazi combines a historian's attention to context and archival research with a film studies scholar's attention to cinematic aesthetics to construct a convincing and well-told narrative of the interplay between the Jewish experience on the screens and on the streets of Weimar Germany." - H-Net Reviews
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Review quote

"Against the previously standard reading of Weimar film as obsessed with the German nation, Ashkenazi provides an alternative


reading that emphasizes the bourgeois and liberal dreams of these Jewish cultural actors. He argues convincingly that


even in popular genre films with no manifest discussion of Jewishness, filmmakers such Ernst Lubitsch, Joe May, and


Fritz Lang used visual and narrative strategies to engage with the question of the German-Jewish relationship and of


Jewish acculturation and assimilation. Summing Up: Highly recommended." - CHOICE



"Contributing a new perspective on Weimar film is no small feat, considering the formidable array of books on the subject, from classic works by Lotte Eisner and Siegfried Kracauer to more recent studies by Thomas Elsaesser and Anton Kaes. Ashkenazi's book, however, is extremely readable and engaging, and offers analyses of Weimar films often neglected. This, along with his unique focus on the link between processes of Jewish identity formation and cinema, allows Ashkenazi to contribute a fresh perspective to Weimar film scholarship." - German History



"Outstanding . . . Ashkenazi combines a historian's attention to context and archival research with a film studies scholar's attention to cinematic aesthetics to construct a convincing and well-told narrative of the interplay between the Jewish experience on the screens and on the streets of Weimar Germany." - H-Net Reviews
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About Ofer Ashkenazi

OFER ASHKENAZIVisiting Assistant Professor of History at the University of Minnesota, USA.
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