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In the introduction, the author examines the situation for Jews in Germany prior to the large-scale immigration of Russian-speaking Jews which began in 1990. He explores the atmosphere of insecurity and Jews’ reluctance to identify with the German state or German society. He also investigates the differences between the two groups of Jews that reconstituted Jewish communities after World War II—German Jews and East European Displaced Persons (DPs)—along with the changes brought about by the ‘second generation’ (the children of Holocaust survivors) who came of age in the 1970s and 1980s. Members of this younger cohort felt more culturally ‘German’ and were more willing to assert their right to live in Germany than their parents had been.

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  • Displaced Persons
  • German Jews
  • Holocaust
  • Jewish communities
  • Second generation

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Cronin, J. (2019). Introduction. In: Russian-Speaking Jews in Germany’s Jewish Communities, 1990–2005. Palgrave Studies in Migration History. Palgrave Pivot, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-31273-2_1

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