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As German Jews emigrated in the 19th and early 20th centuries and as exiles from Nazi Germany, they carried the traditions, culture, and particular prejudices of their home with them. At the same time, Germany—and Berlin in particular—attracted both secular and religious Jewish scholars from eastern Europe. They engaged in vital intellectual exchange with German Jewry, although their cultural and religious practices differed greatly, and they absorbed many cultural practices that they brought back to Warsaw or took with them to New York and Tel Aviv. After the Holocaust, German Jews and non-German Jews educated in Germany were forced to reevaluate their essential relationship with Germany and Germanness as well as their notions of Jewish life outside of Germany.

Among the first volumes to focus on German-Jewish transnationalism, this interdisciplinary collection spans the fields of history, literature, film, theater, architecture, philosophy, and theology as it examines the lives of significant emigrants. The individuals whose stories are reevaluated include German Jews Ernst Lubitsch, David Einhorn, and Gershom Scholem, the architect Fritz Nathan and filmmaker Helmar Lerski; and eastern European Jews David Bergelson, Der Nister, Jacob Katz, Joseph Soloveitchik, and Abraham Joshua Heschel—figures not normally associated with Germany. Three-Way Street addresses the gap in the scholarly literature as it opens up critical ways of approaching Jewish culture not only in Germany, but also in other locations, from the mid-19th century to the present.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Series Page, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. Jay Howard Geller, Leslie Morris
  3. pp. 1-20
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  1. Part 1: To Germany, from Germany: The Promise of an Unpromised Land?
  1. 1. Love, Money, and Career in the Life of Rosa Luxemburg
  2. Deborah Hertz
  3. pp. 23-45
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  1. 2. The “Triple Immersion”: A Singular Moment in Modern Jewish Intellectual History?
  2. Alan T. Levenson
  3. pp. 46-65
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  1. 3. Yiddish Writers/German Models in the Early Twentieth Century
  2. Jeffrey A. Grossman
  3. pp. 66-90
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  1. 4. The Symphony of a Great Heimat: Zionism as a Cure for Weimar Crisis in Lerski’s Avodah
  2. Ofer Ashkenazi
  3. pp. 91-122
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  1. Part 2: Germany, the Portable Homeland
  1. 5. “I Have Been a Stranger in a Foreign Land”: The Scholem Brothers and German-Jewish Émigré Identity
  2. Jay Howard Geller
  3. pp. 125-143
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  1. 6. Lost in the Transnational: Photographic Initiatives of Walter and Helmut Gernsheim in Britain
  2. Michael Berkowitz
  3. pp. 144-168
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  1. 7. Transnational Jewish Comedy: Sex and Politics in the Films of Ernst Lubitsch—From Berlin to Hollywood
  2. Richard W. McCormick
  3. pp. 169-196
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  1. 8. America Abandoned: German-Jewish Visions of American Poverty in Serialized Novels by Joseph Roth, Sholem Asch, and Michael Gold
  2. Kerry Wallach
  3. pp. 197-219
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  1. 9. “Irgendwo auf der Welt”: The Emigration of Jews from Nazi Germany as a Transnational Experience
  2. Joachim Schlör
  3. pp. 220-238
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  1. 10. Transnational Jewish Refugee Stories: Displacement, Loss, and (Non)Restitution
  2. Atina Grossmann
  3. pp. 239-258
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  1. Part 3: A Masterable Past? German-Jewish Transnationalism in a Post-Holocaust Era
  1. 11. “Normalization and Its Discontents”: The Transnational Legacy of the Holocaust in Contemporary Germany
  2. Karen Remmler
  3. pp. 261-276
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  1. 12. Between Memory and Normalcy: Synagogue Architecture in Postwar Germany
  2. Gavriel D. Rosenfeld
  3. pp. 277-301
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  1. 13. Klezmer in the New Germany: History, Identity, and Memory
  2. Raysh Weiss
  3. pp. 302-320
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  1. 14. (Trans)National Spaces: Jewish Sites in Contemporary Germany
  2. Michael Meng
  3. pp. 321-340
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 341-344
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 345-352
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