German-Jewish Identities in America

German-Jewish Identities in America


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Changing political, social, and cultural circumstances have led German Jews in America to take on many different identities. These essays examine such varied topics as the relationship between German and Eastern European Jews in America, the development of the B’nai Brith, nineteenth-century Jewish community-building in Chicago, the role of German Jews in the building of modern American show business, and the correlation between date of emigration and language loss among Jews fleeing to America from Nazi Germany. Contributors include historians, theater and literature professors, a linguist, and an award-winning documentary filmmaker.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780924119071
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 08/28/2003
Series: Studies of the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies
Edition description: 1
Pages: 171
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Christof Mauch is director of the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C., and author of several books, including American Intelligence and the German Resistance to Hitler. Joseph Salmons is professor of German at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Table of Contents

1.German Jews and the American-Jewish Synthesis8
2."Give to the Poor! Yourself You'll Bless!" Jewish Charities in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1850-191421
3."We Are Brothers! Let Us Separate": Jewish Immigrants in Chicago between Gemeinde and Network Community before 188040
4.Shaping the American Jewish Community: The Independent Order of B'nai B'rith, 1843-191464
5.Franz Boas as German, American, and Jew88
6.German Jews and American Show Business: A Reconsideration106
7.German Jews and Ostjuden in the American South: Alfred Uhry's Last Night of Ballyhoo117
8.I Always Thought I Was a German--It Was Hitler Who Taught Me I Was a Jew": National-Socialist Persecution, Identity, and the German Language133
9.German Jew or Jewish German?: Post-Immigration Questions154

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