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“Built of Contradictions”

The Diary of Gertrud Bleichröder from the Year 1888 – From the Series “Testimonies from the Jewish Museum Berlin” (in German)

The diary of Gertrud Bleichröder, written in 1888, the year of the three emperors, opens an unusual, personal window into Jewish, upper middle-class Berlin. The twenty-three-year old describes her day-to-day life from ice skating in Tiergarten to reading the Socialists Act in the Reichstag and writes about the books she was reading, her thoughts, and her conversations. Gertrud Bleichröder wanted to live by her own convictions and came to see that this attitude collided with the limits of women’s socially dictated role.


  • Aus Widersprüchen zusammengesetzt. Das Tagebuch der Gertrud Bleichröder aus dem Jahr 1888
    (Built of Contradictions. The Diary of Gertrud Bleichröder from the Year 1888, from the Series Testimonies from the Jewish Museum Berlin)
    192 pages with 60 color illustrations
    DuMont Literatur und Kunst Verlag
    Köln 2002
    ISBN: 978-3-8321-7819-2
    In German only
  • Editor Karin H. Grimme for the Jewish Museum Berlin
  • Design Groothuis, Lohfert, Consorten
  • Price 5 €
Book Cover: historical photograph of a black and white portrait of a woman.

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