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Jewish Pasts, German Fictions: History, Memory, and Minority Culture in Germany, 1824-1955

Jonathan Skolnik


This book studies how German-Jewish writers used images from the Spanish-Jewish past to define their place in German culture and society. Building upon the work of Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi, it argues that Jewish historical fiction was a form of cultural memory that functioned as a parallel to the modern, demythologizing project of secular history writing. What did it mean for a minority to imagine its history in the majority language in the age of modern nationalism? In the 1800s, the Sephardic past came to represent both hopes for integration and fears about assimilation (a parallel to the fash ... More

Keywords: Jewish, German-Jewish, Sephardic, historical novel, Nazi, exile, history and memory, nation, minority, assimilation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780804786072
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804786072.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Skolnik, author