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Jews at HomeThe Domestication of Identity$
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Simon J. Bronner

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113461

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113461.001.0001

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The Co-Construction of Europe as a Jewish Home

The Co-Construction of Europe as a Jewish Home

(p.301) Twelve The Co-Construction of Europe as a Jewish Home
Jews at Home

Joachim Schlör

Liverpool University Press

This chapter reflects on the author's experience in Europe where, he reports, the revival of Jewish culture is engineered by non-Jews as well as Jews, and the author ponders the meaning of this co-construction. It draws on the ideas and notions of Henri Lefèbvre, Diana Pinto, Ruth Ellen Gruber, David Biale, and some others. Here, ‘Jewish space’ becomes a point of focus as a co-constructed field of cultural and political activity. This space is examined within the context of the post-World War II period — with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the breakdown of communism, with the peaceful manner in which these events had taken place, with the possibility of a peace accord in the Middle East, and with the beginning of a substantial immigration of Jews from the former Soviet Union into Europe and especially Germany. This period heralded a new era for Europe, in which Jewish life and culture could take part. Not only would there be a heightened awareness of the Jewish contribution to European culture, but also a common endeavour to foster democracy and freedom in the post-communist countries of central and eastern Europe.

Keywords:   Europe, European culture, postwar Europe, Jewish space, cultural activity, political activity, post-communist countries, Jewish immigration, co-construction

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