French-Jewish Racial Identity and the Right to Be Different
Publication Date: January 2007
Series: AJS Perspectives: The Newsletter of the Association for Jewish Studies, Fall 2007, pp.8-10.
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: Race; Judaic Studies; Jewish Identification; Antisemitism
Coverage: France France
The author explores the ways in which French Jews self-identified in racial terms during the mid-19th Century, before the advent of racial antisemitism. The author asserts that this racial self-identification was intended to be part of larger trends of political messianism and nationalism, and that Jews used this framework to articulate both their indelible uniqueness and their essential connectedness to all humanity simultaneously.