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Germans into JewsRemaking the Jewish Social Body in the Weimar Republic$
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Sharon Gillerman

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804757119

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804757119.001.0001

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“As the Family Goes, So Goes the Nation”

“As the Family Goes, So Goes the Nation”

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(p.17) One “As the Family Goes, So Goes the Nation”
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Germans into Jews
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804757119.003.0002

This chapter analyzes how Jews reworked the widely accepted notion of a postwar crisis of the family to reflect their concerns about the continued strength and viability of the Jewish community. Like other Germans, Jews viewed their efforts at strengthening the family as a contribution to German national regeneration, but also considered the family to be the most promising means by which to revive the Jewish people from what many predicted would be German Jewry's precipitous and inevitable decline. The interrelationship between the German and German-Jewish notions of family crises serves as a starting point for considering the tensions between assimilation and dissimilation, and the ways in which these connect with the broader reinterpretation of national and communal affinities.

Keywords:   Jews, family, postwar crisis, Jewish community, German Jewry, assimilation, dissimilation

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