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Emancipation and Poverty

The Ashkenazi Jews of Amsterdam 1796–1850

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Part of the St Antony’s Series book series (STANTS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Karina Sonnenberg-Stern
    Pages 1-25
  3. Karina Sonnenberg-Stern
    Pages 42-72
  4. Karina Sonnenberg-Stern
    Pages 162-166
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 167-236

About this book


This book is the first comprehensive study examining the impact of emancipation on the lives of Amsterdam's Jews. The enactment of equality in 1796 failed to provide these Jews with similar rights and opportunities as the non-Jews; two-thirds of Amsterdam's Jewish community remained poor for much of the nineteenth century. Even though the declaration of emancipation should have provided the Jews with legal and social equality, the Dutch authorities continued to retain their perception of the Jews as a separate and different group of predominantly uncultured paupers and never made it their priority to remove all restrictive measures.


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About the authors

Karina Sonnenberg-Stern is currently researching the experience of German Jewish refugee women in Britain during the 1940s.

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