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By Leonard Barkan

ISBN-10: 022601066X

ISBN-13: 9780226010663

What is it wish to trip to Berlin this day, fairly as a Jew, and produce with you the bags of heritage? And what occurs while an American Jew, raised by way of an earthly kinfolk, falls in love with Berlin now not in spite of his being a Jew yet because of it?  the answer's Berlin for Jews. half heritage and half commute better half, Leonard Barkan’s own love letter to town indicates how its lengthy Jewish history, regardless of the atrocities of the Nazi period, has left an inspiring imprint at the vivid city of today. 

Barkan, voraciously curious and witty, deals a self-deprecating consultant to the background of Jewish existence in Berlin, revealing how, starting within the early 19th century, Jews grew to become famous within the arts, the sciences, and the city’s public lifestyles. With him, we travel the ivy-covered confines of the Schönhauser Allee cemetery, the place many extraordinary Jewish Berliners were buried, and we walk via Bayerisches Viertel, a chic local created by way of a Jewish developer and that got here to be referred to as Berlin’s “Jewish Switzerland.”  We go back and forth again to the early 19th century to the salon of Rahel Varnhagen, a Jewish society doyenne, who usually hosted well-known artists, writers, politicians, and the occasional royal. Barkan additionally introduces us to James Simon, a turn-of-the-century philanthropist and artwork collector, and we discover the lifetime of Walter Benjamin, who wrote a memoir of his formative years in Berlin as a member of the assimilated Jewish upper-middle class.  all through, Barkan muses approximately his personal Jewishness, whereas celebrating the wealthy Jewish tradition on view in today’s Berlin. 

A successful, idiosyncratic shuttle significant other, Berlin for Jews bargains how to have interaction with German background, to recognize the unspeakable whereas extolling the indelible effect of Jewish culture.


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