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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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(p.163) Conclusion
Germans into Jews
Stanford University Press

This chapter summarizes the main themes covered in the preceding discussions. This study highlights the experimental and contingent nature of efforts by Weimar contemporaries to manage the challenges of the postwar period. Considered in this way, modern Jewish predictions of communal crisis and decline often have far more to do with disillusionment over the perceived social costs of modernization than with an essential and abiding Jewish fear of “disappearing.” This work demonstrates how much common ground existed between Zionists and the classically liberal German-Jewish community. In exploring the ideas and initiatives that formed part of the Jewish community's program of communal regeneration outside the framework of the rise of Nazism, it also raises questions which extend beyond Weimar itself.

Keywords:   Jews, German Jewry, Weimar Republic, postwar period, Zionists, Jewish community

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