Between Assimilation and Self-Determination: German Jews in the Nineteenth Century
Guided Tour for Adults
This tour of the exhibition presents various identities and considers the attitudes of nineteenth-century Jews in German society.
For German Jews, the formative developments of the nineteenth century included Jewish emancipation, the socialist movement, the idea of the nation, and political antisemitism. Industrialization created new opportunities for social mobility, and a German-Jewish middle class emerged. But how could Jews integrate into German society and still remain Jewish?
This tour discusses different models for German-Jewish identity:
- Some Jews, like Heinrich Heine, succumbed to the pressure of their Christian environment and converted to Christianity.
- Others became champions of the political left – they included both Ferdinand Lassalle, who wanted to overcome discrimination with his vision of a more just society, and Karl Marx, who viewed religion as the "opiate of the masses."
- Many, like Theodor Herzl, were drawn to the Zionist movement...
- and numerous patriotic Jews hoped to gain recognition by serving their German Fatherland.
60 euros (plus admission fee; one chaperon free of charge)
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