Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry
A new book on Being Jewish in 21st. Century Germany
We are happy to announce that a new volume of lectures on the Jewish community in Germany was published recently. It reflects the content of an international conference on the subject, that was held on February 10-12 2013, by the Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry and the Moses Mendelssohn Center for European Jewish Studies, from the Potsdam University, with the cooperation of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty, and from Beit Hatfutsot, the Museum of the Jewish People, at the Tel Aviv University.
The volume was co-edited by Dr. Haim Fireberg, from the Kantor Center and by Dr. Olaf Glockner from the Moses Mendelssohn Center.
The following excerpt appears in the back cover of the book:
"An unexpected immigration wave of Jews from the former Soviet Union mostly in the 1990s has stabilized and enlarged Jewish life in Germany. Jewish kindergardens and schools were opened, and Jewish museums, theaters and festivals are attracting a wide audience. No doubt: Jews will continue to live in Germany. At the same time, Jewish life has undergone an impressing transformation in the second half of the 20th. century - from rejection to acceptance, but not without disillusionments and heated debates. And while the 'new Jews of Germany', 90 percent of them of Eastern European background, are already considered and important factor of the contemporary - Jewish diaspora, they still grapple with the shadow of the Holocaust, with internal cultural clashes and with difficulties in shaping a new collective identity. What does it mean to live a Jewish life in present-day Germany? How are Jewish thoughts, feelings, and practices reflected in contemporary arts, literature and movies? What will remain of the former German Jewish cultural heritage? Who are the new Jewish elites, and how successful is the fight against antisemitism?
This volume offers some answers."