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The invisible wall - W. Michael Blumenthal

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Title
The invisible wall - Germans and Jews : a personal exploration
Author
W. Michael Blumenthal
format
Book
Publisher
Counterpoint
Language
English
UK Publication Date
19990501

The Invisible Wall is one mans quest to understand the failure of the German-Jewish relationship and to explain the character and attitudes of Germanys assimilated Jews over a three hundred-year period.. The Invisible Wall is one mans quest to understand the failure of the German-Jewish relationship and to explain the character and attitudes of Germanys assimilated Jews over a 300-year period. Juxtaposing the broad picture of history and politics in Germany against the stories of six of his own ancestors, W. Michael Blumenthal explores the triumphs and tragedies of Jews of successive generations, seeking the sources and outcomes of the prejudices that separated them from other Germans. Juxtaposing the broad picture of an evolving Germany against the stories of six of his own ancestors, W. Michael Blumenthal seeks to show how the unrequited love affair of Germanys Jews with their native country contributed to the horrors of the Holocaust. Born in Germany in 1926, Blumenthal escaped the Nazis as a teenager with his family in 1939 and grew up with other Jewish refugees in a Shanghai ghetto. When he arrived in the United States in 1947, he had only sixty-five dollars in his pocket.;From these modest beginnings, he went on to a remarkable professional life in business, government service, and education. Yet questions about his past haunted him, and as the years went by, they occupied his mind with greater urgency.Turning to his family tree for answers, Blumenthal spent the better part of a decade learning the history of his people. He found rich stories in the lives of six Blumenthal ancestors--all of whom happened to be major figures in German-Jewish history. *Jost Liebmann, an itinerant peddler of trinkets and cheap jewels who became court jeweler to the Brandenburg nobility; *Rahel Varnhagen von Ense, whose Berlin salon w as the meeting place of Prussias intellectual elite; *Giacomo Meyerbeer, a celebrated composer of grand opera who dealt with antisemitism by ceaselessly striving for success; *Louis Blumenthal, a respected businessman and founder of his towns bank; *Arthur Eloesser, a scholar and literary critic in the heyday of Weimar; *Ewald Blumenthal, the authors father. Once a decorated soldier in the Kaisers elite guards, he was later a prisoner at Buchenwald..;By recounting the stories of these remarkable individuals within the historical context of three centuries, Blumenthal presents a sweeping portrait of German Jews from the birth of Christianity to the eve of the Holocaust, revealing how Jews of various generations tried but failed to pierce the prejudice that separated them from other Germans. A work of tremendous scope and vision, The Invisible Wall presents a fascinating perspective on one of the most difficult questions of our time.

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Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Jews - Germany - Genealogy.|Germany - Genealogy.|Germany - Civilization - Jewish influences.
Country of Publication
District of Columbia
Number of Pages
444

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