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The Jews of Germany: A Historical Portrait

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This book provides a panoramic overview of a now extinct culture: the 1500-year history of the Jews in Germany. Through texts, pictures and contemporary accounts, it follows the German Jews from their first settlements on the Rhine in the fourth century to the destruction of the community in World War II. Using both voices and images of the past the book reveals how the ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 28th 1994 by Yale University Press (first published July 29th 1992)
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I took a look into this book and apart from the fact that I do wonder how the author defines the term "Jew" (as several of her portrayed people have never practiced Judaism, their ancestors did, or did not practice it anymore) but it is pretty clear that post-WWII she clearly comes with "there are no German Jews anymore, just Jews in Germany who do not belong" and then tries to justify that by loosely referring to the Central Council of Jews in Germany. Aka she took the easy route and apparently ...more
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Ruth Gay (born Ruth Slotkin) in New York in 1922, was a Jewish writer who wrote about Jewish life and won the 1997 National Jewish Book Award for nonfiction for Unfinished People: Eastern European Jews Encounter America.

Ruth Gay attended Queens College in 1943 and received a master’s in library science from Columbia University in 1969. From 1948 to 1950 she was the editor of the JDC Review of the
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