By David A. Brenner

David A. Brenner examines how Jews in important Europe built one of many first "ethnic" or "minority" cultures in modernity. now not completely "German" or "Jewish," the stories of German-speaking Jewry within the many years ahead of the 3rd Reich and the Holocaust have been additionally negotiated in encounters with pop culture, rather the radical, the drama and mass media. regardless of contemporary scholarship, the misunderstanding persists that Jewish Germans have been bent on assimilation. even if topic to compulsion, they didn't turn into completely "German," less "European." but their habit and values have been in no way solely "Jewish," because the Nazis or different anti-Semites may have it. relatively, the German Jews accomplished a unusual synthesis among 1890 and 1933, constructing a tradition that used to be not just "middle-class" but additionally "ethnic." particularly, they reinvented Judaic traditions when it comes to a hybridized tradition. in response to learn in German, Israeli and American records, German-Jewish pop culture prior to the Holocaust addresses some of the genres during which a particularly German-Jewish identification was once played, from the Yiddish theatre and Zionist humour all of the approach to sensationalist memoirs and Kafka’s personal kitsch. This middle-class ethnic identification encompassed and went past spiritual confession and identification politics. In focusing largely on German-Jewish pop culture, this groundbreaking e-book introduces the beginnings of "ethnicity" as we all know it and reside it this day.

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