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Between Israel and Germany from the “Alien Asiatic People” to the new German Jewry

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How have Jews in Germany, stranded or returned there after World War II, related to Israel and to Germany, and how have their attitudes evolved since then? For decades, most Jews had no plans to stay in Germany, and their identification with and commitment to Israel, certainly in the first two decades, was extraordinary. However, over time their distance and even hostility to the German environment began to lessen, especially as West Germany developed ever closer ties with Israel. To a considerable degree, Germans themselves first reinitiated contacts with Jews and Jewish issues via Israel. In recent years, coinciding with the influx of Russian Jews and the policies of the Netanyahu and Sharon governments, there has been renewed emphasis on Diaspora and its values and a more positive reappraisal of the history of Jews in Germany. Nonetheless, basic ambivalences remain in place. 

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20(1)

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91-109

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Between Israel and Germany from the “Alien Asiatic People” to the new German Jewry

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Bodemann, Y. Michal Between Israel and Germany from the “Alien Asiatic People” to the new German Jewry. Jewish History. 2006: 91-109.  https://archive.jpr.org.uk/object-ger6