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French and JewishCulture and the Politics of Identity in Early-Twentieth Century France$
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Nadia Malinovich

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113409

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113409.001.0001

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The First World War and the Shifting Landscape of French Jewry

The First World War and the Shifting Landscape of French Jewry

(p.91) Chapter 4 The First World War and the Shifting Landscape of French Jewry
French and Jewish

Nadia Malinovich

Liverpool University Press

This chapter highlights the impact of the First World War and the changes in French Jewish society that paved the way for the expansion of Jewish associational and cultural life in the 1920s. It discusses how the war marked an important moment at which antisemitism subsided and Jewish belonging to the French nation was confirmed. It also talks about how Jewish participation in the war helped to popularize the notion that Jews were no less French for proudly affirming their unique spiritual and cultural heritage. The chapter outlines the link between issues of Jewish identity and national minority rights at the 1919 Peace Conference, the growth of the Zionist movement, and increase in Jewish immigration from eastern Europe. It describes the diversity within French-speaking natives and impoverished, Yiddish-speaking immigrants.

Keywords:   First World War, French Jewish society, antisemitism, French nation, Jewish identity, national minority rights, Zionist movement, Jewish immigration

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