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Education

Steven M. Lowenstein

in Jewish Daily Life in Germany, 1618-1945

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780195171648
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199871346 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171648.003.0010
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This chapter shows that virtually every German Jew born in the second and third quarters of the 19th century received an elementary German education and could read and write German. Advanced Talmudic education now took place only at rabbinical seminaries and a few Posen study houses. Jews were already overrepresented among students in secondary schools and in the universities, even if the majority of Jews still did not have such an advanced education. The days in which the German Jews could be seen as a mainly illiterate backward group unable to communicate in German were over. A new stereotype — f the overeducated Jewish intellectual — would replace the old stereotype of the uneducated Jew in Imperial Germany.

Keywords: Jewish education; Jews; German-Jewry; educational system; educational institutions; teaching; Jewish intellectual

Chapter.  5865 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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