The Idea of Czernowitz

Marianne Hirsch

in Ghosts of Home

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780520257726
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944909 | DOI:
The Idea of Czernowitz

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This chapter introduces the “idea of Czernowitz,” which featured the adherence to German as its central ingredient. It examines the ideologues of Romanianization, which used the educational system as the primary institutional medium to change the predominantly multiethnic Northern Bukowina into a province populated mostly by Romanians. The chapter then discusses the Jewish resistance to Romanianization and Romanian anti-Semitism. It also studies the story of “Die Buche,” which symbolized the unexpected changes of Bukowina's German-Jewish culture during the interwar period.

Keywords: idea of Czernowitz; adherence to German; ideologues; Romanianization; Northern Bukowina; Jewish resistance; Romanian anti-Semitism; Die Buche; German-Jewish culture; interwar period

Chapter.  10851 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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