The Empty House and Shofar

Hermann Levin Goldschmidt

in The Legacy of German Jewry

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780823228263
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823237142 | DOI:
The Empty House and Shofar

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This chapter discusses The Empty House and Shofar, works of German writer Karl Otten. The Empty House, published in 1959, is a prose anthology that included selections by Paul Adler, Ernst Blass, and Albert Ehrenstein. In this book Otten, not a Jew himself, acted on behalf of the Jews and out of a sense of the horrible injustice done to them. In 1963, he wrote Shofar, which highlighted the lofty heights German Jewry had achieved as it had seldom been shown to before. In this work, Otten also suggested that vacuum created by the elimination of the Jews from the German intellectual life cannot be filled.

Keywords: The Empty House; Shofar; Karl Otten; prose anthology; German Jewry; Jewish literature

Chapter.  1655 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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