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Female, Jewish, and Educated
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Female, Jewish, and Educated presents a collective biography of Jewish women who attended universities in Germany or Austria before the Nazi era. To what extent could middle-class Jewish women in the early decades of the 20th century combine family and careers? What impact did anti-Semitism and gender discrimination have in shaping their personal and professional choices? Harriet Freidenreich analyzes the lives of 460 Central European Jewish university women, focusing on their family backgrounds, university experiences, professional careers, and decisions about marriage and children. She evaluates the role of discrimination and anti-Semitism in shaping the careers of academics, physicians, and lawyers in the four decades preceding World War II and assesses the effects of Nazism, the Holocaust, and emigration on the lives of a younger cohort of women. The life stories of the women profiled reveal the courage, character, and resourcefulness with which they confronted challenges still faced by women today.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. CONTENTS
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  1. List of Maps
  2. p. viii
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  1. List of Tables
  2. p. ix
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. x-xii
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  1. Introduction: Finding our Mothers, Finding Ourselves
  2. pp. xiii-xxii
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  1. Note of Women's Names
  2. p. xxiii
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  1. 1. Emancipation through Higher Education
  2. pp. 1-17
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  1. 2. Dutiful Daughters, Rebels, and Dreamers: Shaping the Jewish University Woman
  2. pp. 18-41
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  1. 3. University Years: Jewish Women and German Academia
  2. pp. 42-66
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  1. 4. Professional Quest and Career Options
  2. pp. 67-88
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  1. Image Plates
  2. pp. 89-107
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  1. 5. The Marriage Plot: Career versus Family?
  2. pp. 108-132
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  1. 6. Jews, Feminists, and Socialists: Personal Identity and Political Involvement
  2. pp. 133-162
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  1. 7. Interrupted Lives: Persecution and Emigration
  2. pp. 163-180
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  1. 8. Reconstructing Lives and Careers
  2. pp. 181-195
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  1. Epilogue: The Legacy
  2. pp. 196-201
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  1. Glossary and Abbreviations
  2. pp. 202-205
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  1. Appendix: Tables
  2. pp. 206-217
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 218-262
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 263-280
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  1. Index [Includes About the Author]
  2. pp. 281-296
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