The Dialectics of Tradition: German-Jewish Studies and the Future

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The future of Jewish studies, including research of German-Jewish history, literature, and the arts, depends upon the interpretation of their past. The study of German-Jewish literature is committed to enterprises of this kind: we are not able to tell the future, but through learning, readings, and interpretations, we can attest to its possibilities. In asking about the future, we are called back into the realm of the past. In this dialectic lie the real possibilities of interpretation, which are of future value. In our own study of German-Jewish worlds, in looking for their future, our research itself turns into an
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Future of the German-Jewish Past
Subtitle of host publicationmemory and the question of antisemitism
EditorsGideon Reuveni, Diana Franklin
Place of PublicationWest Lafayette, Indiana
PublisherPurdue University Press
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)1-55753-729-1
ISBN (Print)1557537119
StatePublished - 2020


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