Strangers in Their Own Communities: Second-Generation Jews in Divided Germany, 1945-1989 Public Deposited

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  • Lazar, Max
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of History
  • This thesis employs a comparative approach to examine the efforts of young Jews in Frankfurt am Main and East Berlin to create new Jewish spaces that existed beyond those of the official Jewish Communities in their respective countries. Despite growing up in drastically different Germanys, the founding members of the Jüdische Gruppe (Frankfurt) and Wir für uns – Juden für Juden (East Berlin) challenged the Jewish establishment by calling for greater religious pluralism and re-imagining the ideological basis for the continued existence of Jewish life in Germany after the Holocaust. In addition to providing a more unified approach to the history of Jewish life in postwar Germany, this thesis sheds light on the postwar efforts of European Jews to grapple with the concepts of exile and diaspora, as well as Jewish reactions to societal changes in the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic.
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  • Raleigh, Donald
  • Auerbach, Karen
  • Jarausch, Konrad Hugo
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2016

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