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Introduction: Colonialism, Antisemitism, and Germans of Jewish Descent

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pp. 1-24

On March 13, the Social Democratic leader August Bebel vehemently denounced the colonial official Carl Peters for his alleged brutality against Africans in 1891 and 1892 while serving as an imperial commissioner in German East Africa. According to Bebel, Peters married an African girl in accordance with local tradition but executed her along with her lover, one of Peters’s male ...

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1. Antisemitism, Colonialism, and Colonial Violence

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pp. 25-76

The German colonial empire came into being on April 24, 1884. On that day, the German consul at Cape Town received a telegram from Chancellor Otto von Bismarck in Berlin, proclaiming that the government had taken under its protection areas in southwestern Africa purchased from local notables by a German tobacco merchant. Bismarck extended government protection to German commercial interests in Togo and Cameroon ...

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2. The Meeting of Jews and Africans in the German Imagination

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pp. 77-132

In May 1912, the Christian-conservative newspaper the Reichsbote published two front-page articles dealing with the issue of miscegenation. The first, which appeared on May 5, addresses the debate taking place in the Reichstag at the time over the desirability of antimiscegenation laws in place in German Africa since 1905 and their recent extension to the island ...

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3. Jews, Germans of Jewish Descent, and German Colonialism

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pp. 133-195

When colonial director Paul Kayser resigned in October 1896 from his position as the chief administrator of the Colonial Division of the German Foreign Office, he did so under a cloud of scandal. In late July and early August, the German press had been abuzz with news of the recent sentencing to fifteen years imprisonment of an official of the German East ...

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4. Colonial Director Bernhard Dernburg: A "Jew" with "German Spirit" ?

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pp. 196-245

German chancellor Bernhard von Bülow introduced Bernhard Dernburg to the Reichstag as the new colonial director on November 28, 1906. Almost immediately, deputies from the political Left and Center attempted to draw the new director into a discussion of colonial atrocities. Following Bülow’s introduction and Dernburg’s own lengthy inaugural speech, ...

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Conclusion

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pp. 246-256

Modern antisemitism has been described, correctly, as a reaction to the loss of distinction between “Jewishness” and “Germanness” that resulted from the Jewish acculturation to German ways that began in the eighteenth century.1 Antisemites attempted to substitute certainty for confusion about what separated “Jews” from “Germans” by asserting a binary ...

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pp. 257-272

Index

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pp. 273-281