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Broadening Jewish History$
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Todd M. Endelman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113010

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113010.001.0001

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(p.248) Chapter Twelve The Frankaus of London
Broadening Jewish History

Todd M. Endelman

Liverpool University Press

This chapter considers the radical assimilation of entire Jewish families as a common occurrence in western and central Europe between the Enlightenment and the Second World War. It analyses drift and defection that removed the names of thousands of families from communal rosters, although immigration often masked the demographic consequences of their departure. It also reviews the case of liberal states like England and France, where no government or church agency gathered data on conversion and intermarriage in which historians must reconstruct the course of radical assimilation on anecdotal evidence. The chapter explains how Jews understood and represented their transformation into Christians and how they regarded their Jewish background in later years. It explores the strategy to overcome the limitations of quantitative data by following the transformation of Jewish practice, affiliation, and self-reflection in a single family over three or more generations.

Keywords:   Jewish immigration, radical assimilation, Jewish families, Jewish background, Jewish practice, Jewish affiliation, self-reflection

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