Unwelcome Strangers: East European Jews in Imperial Germany

Paperback | March 28, 1991

byJack Wertheimer

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When East European Jews migrated westward in ever larger numbers between 1870 and 1914, both German government officials and the leaders of German Jewry were confronted by a series of new challenges. What policies did government leaders devise to cope with the seemingly unending tide of Jewsflooding across Germany's borders? What was the actual, as opposed to the perceived, character of these Jewish migrants? How did native Jews respond to the arrival of coreligionists from the East? Drawing on archival research conducted in East and West Germany, Israel, and the United States,Unwelcome Strangers probes into these questions, touching on some of the most troubling issues in modern German and Jewish history - the behavior of Germans toward strangers in their midst, the status and self-perception of emancipated Jews in pre-Nazi Germany, and the responses of "privileged" Jewsto needy, but alien, coreligionists.

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When East European Jews migrated westward in ever larger numbers between 1870 and 1914, both German government officials and the leaders of German Jewry were confronted by a series of new challenges. What policies did government leaders devise to cope with the seemingly unending tide of Jewsflooding across Germany's borders? What was...

Jack Wertheimer is Joseph and Martha Mendelson Associate Professor of American Jewish History and Director of the Archives of Conservative Judaism at The Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.17 × 6.14 × 0.75 inPublished:March 28, 1991Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195065859

ISBN - 13:9780195065855

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IntroductionPart I: The German State1. The Challenge of Jewish Mass Migration2. Public Debates Over Eastern Jews3. Administrative SolutionsPart II: The East European Jews4. Demographic Characteristics5. Economic Pursuits6. Organizational ActivitiesPart III: The Jewish Community7. In the Maelstrom of Communal Politics8. Social and Cultural Tensions9. The Posture of Organized German JewryConclusion: A Comparative PerspectiveAbbreviationsAppendix: Statistical TablesNotesBibliographyIndex

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"[Wertheimer] has gone through voluminous secondary works, published sources, and archival materials in this country as well as abroad. The methodological apparatus is impressive, the scholarly technique impeccable." --History: Reviews of New Books