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"To Remind the Readers of the Old Traditions"

The Search for Identity among German-Speaking Jews at the Turn of the Century

Ursula Mindler Assistant Professor, Andrássy University Budapest Visiting Assistant Professor of English, ASU

Monday, March 3 | 1 p.m. Lattie F. Coor Hall, room 4401 free and open to all. no reservations required.

This presentation examines the search for “roots” among Jews in Central Europe at the turn of the century, focusing in particular on the unique situation in Austria. In the course of their efforts to identify an authentic past, Austrian Jews became aware of the fact that “authentic” Jewish communities were right at their doorstep, in the newly-annexed territories of Western Hungary. Zionists as well as liberal acculturated Jews tried to connect to these supposedly “pure” communities.