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New Orientations

Scott Spector

in Prague Territories

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2000 | ISBN: 9780520219090
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520929777 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520219090.003.0006
New Orientations

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This chapter talks about the possibility of identifying a “turn to Jewishness” among German-speaking Jews more generally, in the Reich as well as in Austria, and the turn that also coincided with discussions of German and Eastern Jewry in the German press at large. For the German-speaking Jews of Prague, there were complicated effects associated with the appropriation of the vessel of the exoticized Eastern Jew, at once fascinating and repugnant, both radical other and an image of a lost authentic self. The new orientations entailed in the turn to Jewishness had the reverse effect from what would have been supposed in the previous generation: rather than shrinking the terrain of Prague German-speaking Jewry, they opened frontiers to spiritual authenticity, recovery of national life, and the healing of bonds with both the Czechs and the Jews of the East.

Keywords: turn to Jewishness; German-speaking Jews; Eastern Jewry; Eastern Jew; Jewishness; Prague; Czechs

Chapter.  14861 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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