German City, Jewish Memory: The Story of Worms by Nils RoemerGerman City, Jewish Memory: The Story of Worms by Nils Roemer

German City, Jewish Memory: The Story of Worms

byNils Roemer

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German and Jewish ways of life have been interwoven in Worms, Germany, for over a thousand years. Despite radical changes brought about by expulsion of Jews, wartime devastation, social advancement, cultural and religious renewal, and the Jewish community's destruction during the Holocaust, the Jewish sites of Worms display a remarkable degree of continuity, which has contributed to the development of distinct urban Jewish cultures, memories, and identities. Tracing the recollection and invention of local Jewish historical traditions in religious commemorations, historical writings, museums, and historical monuments, and the transformation from "sites" to "sights" in the form of tourism from the Middle Ages to the present, Roemer's rich study of Worms offers a blueprint for historians interested in developing similar studies of cities over the longue durée.
NILS ROEMER is associate professor of Holocaust studies at the University of Texas, Dallas.
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Title:German City, Jewish Memory: The Story of WormsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 9 × 6.03 × 0.87 inPublished:December 14, 2010Publisher:Brandeis University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:158465922X

ISBN - 13:9781584659228

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations . Acknowledgments . Introduction . FROM MEDIEVAL ORIGINS TO THE ENLIGHTENMENT: OBSERVING THE PAST . Sacred Realms . Between Rituals and Texts . Christian Interlocutors and Jewish Memory . MOVING LOCAL JEWISH HERITAGE INTO MODERNITY AND ITS DESTRUCTION . Restoring the Lost Memory . Jewish Traveling Cultures of Remembrance . Worms: A Jewish Heimat on Borrowed Time . AFTER THE HOLOCAUST: DISTURBING REMAINS . Place and Displacement of Memory . Worms Out of the Ashes . The Presence of Absence . Conclusion . Notes . Bibliography . Index

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German and Jewish ways of life have been interwoven in Worms, Germany, for over a thousand years. Despite radical changes brought about by expulsion of Jews, wartime devastation, social advancement, cultural and religious renewal, and the Jewish community’s destruction during the Holocaust, the Jewish sites of Worms display a remarkable degree of continuity, which has contributed to the development of distinct urban Jewish cultures, memories, and identities.Tracing the recollection and invention of local Jewish historical traditions in religious commemorations, historical writings, museums, and historical monuments, and the transformation from “sites” to “sights” in the form of tourism from the Middle Ages to the present, Roemer’s rich study of Worms offers a blueprint for historians interested in developing similar studies of cities over the longue durée.“Nils Roemers’ ‘German City, Jewish Memory: The Story of Worms’ . . . constitutes a major breakthrough in our approach to the German Jewish past.” - American Jewish Studies Review