n Acta Germanica : German Studies in Africa - Geteilter Geschichtsraum - gemeinsame Geschichte : Eine Millennium-Perspektive zur deutsch-jüdischen Literatur




The Jews have been the only sizeable, ever-present and geographically spread-out minority in the societies of German-speaking central Europe. The main concern of the Jewish literary discourse and particularly a literature that might be called "German-Jewish" was to define the position of the minority in a majority society. For almost a millennium, since the first Hebrew chronicle of German Jews in 1096 to very recent fiction, German-Jewish literature reflects the experience of a shared history. Only since the age of the Enlightenment did the desire take root to interpret the shared history as a common history. The holocaust, rather than "ending" German-Jewish history, gave the discourse and literature on questions of the shared and common nature of German-Jewish history a new intensity and urgency.


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