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Autobiography as a Source for the Study of German Jewry in Its Homeland and in Dispersion

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Publication Date: January 2007

Publisher(s): Association for Jewish Studies; Association for Jewish Studies

Author(s): Guy Miron; Guy Miron

Series: AJS Perspectives: The Newsletter of the Association for Jewish Studies, Spring 2007, pp.20-22.

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Social conditions (History)

Keywords: History; Holocaust; Literature; Assimilation

Type: Report

Coverage: Germany Germany


The author discusses the vast range of autobiographical materials written by German Jews from the end of the eighteenth century onward. He contends that the existence of this material in significant volume at all illustrates how fully German Jewry had adopted German middle-class individualism. The author further explores what the content of these materials can teach about the pre-World War II and post-Holocaust experience of German Jews.