Floodgates Opened 1918–1921

Anthony Kauders

in German Politics and the Jews

Published in print October 1996 | ISBN: 9780198206316
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191677076 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs

Floodgates Opened 1918–1921

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The events surrounding the Revolution gave rise to questions about Jews in prominent positions of leadership. If before 1914 complaints had centred on ‘Jewish influence’ in the media or the arts, in the period after 1918 it was far easier to preserve, invent, and inculcate anti-Semitic stereotypes. Because the post-war era was also characterized by higher levels of violence, less respect for traditional forms of authority, and a general lack of natural purpose and direction, propaganda against the Jews could more easily be disseminated and later accepted. In short, the context of moderation prevailing before the war was now deprived of its basis, and collapsed under the strains of a radically new situation. To see how these developments affected different localities in the country, this chapter turns to a discussion of Düsseldorf and Nuremberg between 1918 and 1921.

Keywords: Revolution; Jews; violence; authority; Nuremberg; moderation; stereotypes; propaganda

Chapter.  14754 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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