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Being Jewish in the New Germany by Jeffrey M. Peck

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By Jeffrey M. Peck

Germany this day boasts the quickest growing to be inhabitants of Jews in Europe. The streets of Berlin abound with symptoms of a revival of Jewish tradition, starting from bagel retailers to the sight of worshipers leaving synagogue on Saturday. With the hot power infused through Jewish immigration from Russia and alterations in immigration and naturalization legislation more often than not, Jeffrey Peck argues that we needs to now start contemplating how Jews reside in Germany instead of basically asking why they might decide to accomplish that. In Being Jewish within the New Germany, Peck explores the variety of modern Jewish lifestyles and the advanced struggles in the community--and between Germans in general--over background, accountability, tradition, and id. He presents a glimpse of an rising, if conflicted, multicultural kingdom and examines how the improvement of the ecu neighborhood, globalization, and the post-9/11 political weather play out in this context. With delicate, but serious perception into the nation's political and social lifestyles, chapters discover matters comparable to the transferring ethnic/national make-up of the inhabitants, alterations in political management, and American, Israeli, and ecu Jewish kin with the turning out to be Jewish inhabitants in Germany.

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In 1985, another public event occurred that required Jews in Germany to speak up, this time not against politicians, but against the artistic community, which showed that it too had power to set agendas. What came to be known as the “Fassbinder Affair” was to affect the political culture of the Federal Republic for years to come. The play Der Müll, die Stadt, und der Tod (Garbage, the City, and Death), by avant-garde filmmaker, sometimes playwright, and general enfant terrible of the German cultural scene Rainer Werner Fassbinder, was to be produced in Frankfurt.

Honecker bestowed gifts on the Jewish community and announced the reconstruction of the synagogue in the Oranienburgerstrasse, as well as the founding of the Centrum Judaicum, which would become a center for commemoration as well as research. In fact, reflecting more openness toward the West whose financial support was needed, many commemorations were held in Berlin and throughout the country recognizing not only persecution of Jews but also their accomplishments and contributions to German life.

Some three years later, Bubis died. After what seemed a successful and honorable career, regrets about his failed accomplishments were published in a prominent interview with Rafael Seligmann in the popular magazine Der Stern. This sharp change in Bubis’s attitude disturbed and even shocked readers. To add further irony, his requested burial in Israel was surrounded by ignominious circumstances when his grave was attacked by a mentally disturbed German-Jewish Israeli. The election of Paul Spiegel to Bubis’s position followed.

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