Unlikely History

The Changing German-Jewish Symbiosis, 1945–2000

  • Leslie Morris
  • Jack Zipes

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. The Debate

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Karen Remmler
      Pages 3-29
    3. Katja Behrens
      Pages 31-45
  3. Social and Historical Background

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. Andrei S. Markovits
      Pages 119-140
    3. Mario Kessler
      Pages 141-154
    4. Noah Isenberg
      Pages 155-179
  4. Cultural Relations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. Jack Zipes
      Pages 183-201
    3. Pascale R. Bos
      Pages 203-232
    4. Anat Feinberg
      Pages 233-250
    5. Robert Shandley
      Pages 251-261
    6. Leslie Morris
      Pages 291-306
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 307-335

About this book


In the English-speaking world, it is generally believed that there are very few Jews living and thriving in Germany. Yet, there has been an unlikely postwar history 1945-2001 that has been somewhat repressed in North America and the United Kingdom. While most people are well-informed about the Holocaust and the consequences that this tragic event has had for the world, very few people know that there has been a steady increase in the population of Jews in Germany since 1945 and that there is a flourishing 'Jewish' culture, certainly a relatively strong Jewish presence, in Germany today. Does this development mean that Jews are playing a significant role in German social life? Does this mean that the great German-Jewish relationship, often referred to as a kind of symbiosis, has re-emerged despite the odds against it? The sixteen essays in this book written by the leading critics in the field cover the fascinating changes that have been made in German society since 1945 in the Jewish communities, literature, theater, film, architecture, and other areas of interest including an examination of the resurgence of anti-Semitism in Austria. For anyone interested in reading about the unpredictable transformations in German-Jewish relations since 1945, Unlikely History will provide information and insights into a history that needs to be told to bring about greater understanding of Jews and Germans in contemporary Germany.

Editors and affiliations

  • Leslie Morris
    • 1
  • Jack Zipes
    • 2
  1. 1.University of MinnesotaUSA
  2. 2.Center for German and European StudiesUniversity of MinnesotaUSA

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