A Jew in the New Germany

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University of Illinois Press, 2004 - History - 151 pages
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Henryk Broder, one of the most controversial and engaging writers in Germany today, has been a thorn in the side of the Establishment for thirty years. The son of two Polish Holocaust survivors, Broder is not only a trenchant political critic and observant social essayist but an invaluable chronicler of the Jewish experience in late twentieth-century Germany. This volume collects eighteen of Broder's essays, translated for the first time into English. The first was written in 1979 and the most recent deals with the post-9/11 realities of the war on terrorism, and its effects on the countries of Europe. Other essays address the debate over the construction of a Holocaust memorial in Berlin, the German response to the 1991 Gulf War, the politics of German reunification, and the rise of the new German nationalism. Broder charts the recent evolution of German Jewish relations, using his own outsider status to hold up a mirror to the German people and point out that things have not changed for German Jews, as much as non-Jews might think.
 

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Contents

Why I Would Rather Not Be a Jewand If I Must Then Rather Not in Germany 1979 i
1
You Are Still Your Parents Children The New German Left and Everyday AntiSemitism
21
Am Leaving 1981
36
Heimat?No Thanks 1987
37
Dont Forget to Differentiate 1987
43
Love Karstadt 1987
46
Our Kampf 1991
58
Just between Germans 1994
71
A Hopeless Enlightenment 1994
80
The Republic of Simulators 1994
84
The GDR Is Back 1996
91
I2 The Germanization of the Holocaust f 1996
102
I3 Problem Shock and Trauma 1998
113
I4 Youre Not Dead till You Give Up the Fight 1998
118
t7 To Each Her Market Value 1999
133
INDEX
147

A Beautiful Revolution 1994
76

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Broder began his career as a journalist and continues to write, produce, and direct for German media.

LILIAN M. FRIEDBERG is assistant editor of the German Quarterly and a doctoral candidate in Germanic studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has published articles in a variety of journals, including New German Critique, African Studies Quarterly, and American Indian Quarterly.

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