The Resource Berlin for Jews : a twenty-first-century companion, Leonard Barkan

Berlin for Jews : a twenty-first-century companion, Leonard Barkan

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Berlin for Jews : a twenty-first-century companion
Title
Berlin for Jews
Title remainder
a twenty-first-century companion
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Leonard Barkan
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Language
eng
Summary
What is it like to travel to Berlin today, particularly as a Jew, and bring with you the baggage of history? And what happens when an American Jew, raised by a secular family, falls in love with Berlin not in spite of his being a Jew but because of it? The answer is Berlin for Jews. Part history and part travel companion, Leonard Barkan's personal love letter to the city shows how its long Jewish heritage, despite the atrocities of the Nazi era, has left an inspiring imprint on the vibrant metropolis of today. Barkan, voraciously curious and witty, offers a self-deprecating guide to the history of Jewish life in Berlin, revealing how, beginning in the early nineteenth century, Jews became prominent in the arts, the sciences, and the city's public life. With him, we tour the ivy-covered confines of the Schönhauser Allee cemetery, where many distinguished Jewish Berliners have been buried, and we stroll through Bayerisches Viertel, an elegant neighborhood created by a Jewish developer and that came to be called Berlin's "Jewish Switzerland." We travel back to the early nineteenth century to the salon of Rahel Varnhagen, a Jewish society doyenne, who frequently hosted famous artists, writers, politicians, and the occasional royal. Barkan also introduces us to James Simon, a turn-of-the-century philanthropist and art collector, and we explore the life of Walter Benjamin, who wrote a memoir of his childhood in Berlin as a member of the assimilated Jewish upper-middle class. Throughout, Barkan muses about his own Jewishness, while celebrating the rich Jewish culture on view in today's Berlin. A winning, idiosyncratic travel companion, Berlin for Jews offers a way to engage with German history, to acknowledge the unspeakable while extolling the indelible influence of Jewish culture. --Amazon.com
Biography type
collective biography
Cataloging source
ICU/DLC
Dewey number
943/.155004924
Illustrations
  • illustrations
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Index
no index present
LC call number
DS134.3
LC item number
.B37 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Berlin for Jews : a twenty-first-century companion, Leonard Barkan
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Berlin for Jews : a twenty-first-century companion, Leonard Barkan
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Includes bibliographical references
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volume
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Content category
text
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Contents
Prologue: me and Berlin -- Places: Schönhauser Allee -- Places: Bayerisches Viertel -- People: Rahel Varnhagen -- People: James Simon -- People: Walter Benjamin -- Epilogue: recollections, reconstructions
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Dimensions
24 cm.
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Extent
191 pages, 30 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780226010663
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2016005824
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
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illustrations
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(OCoLC)937999042

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