Middlebury

RELI 0365

The German Jews

The German Jews: From Moses Mendelssohn to the Holocaust WT
German Jewry was the well-spring of modern Judaism, giving rise in the two centuries of its flourishing to the modern branches of Judaism, to modern Jewish studies, and also to Judaism's crises of identity: ambivalence about assimilation and about Zionism, Jewish "self-hatred", and the debate, after the demise of German Jewry, whether a "German-Jewish symbiosis" had ever really existed. We will study these themes through the writings, letters, and memoirs of Mendelssohn, Lessing, Abraham Geiger, Solomon Maimon, Heine, Hermann Cohen, Gershom Scholem, Hannah Arendt, among others. (Original texts will be provided for those students with knowledge of German) 3 hrs. sem.
Subject:
Religion
Department:
Religion
Division:
Humanities
Requirements Fulfilled:
EUR HIS PHL
Equivalent Courses:
GRMN 0365 *

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