By Leonard Barkan
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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Berlin for Jews: A Twenty-First-Century Companion by Leonard Barkan