Academic journal article German Quarterly

Jüdische Politik Und Presse in der Frühen Bundesrepublik

Academic journal article German Quarterly

Jüdische Politik Und Presse in der Frühen Bundesrepublik

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Sinn, Andrea. Jüdische Politik und Presse in der frühen Bundesrepublik. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2014. 400 pp. i59.99 (hardcover).

AndreaSinnhas setherself the task of interweaving an institutionalhistory of Jewish life in West Germany up until the election of Werner Nachmann as chair of the Zentralrat der Juden in Deutschland in 1969 with biographical studies of early post-warGermanJewry'smost prominent representatives, the General Secretary of the Zentralrat,HendrickG. vanDam, andthe editor of the Allgemeine Jüdische Wochenzeitung, KarlMarx. Both were preoccupied throughout the 1950s with the task of consolidating these two key Jewish institutions and ensuring their recognition both by the West German authorities and by relevant international Jewish institutions, a process Sinn charts meticulously. Having achieved the desired consolidation of Jewish representation in West Germany, the need for unity at any price decreased in the 1960s and visions for a possible future of Jewish life in West Germany became more contested, leading not only to increased tensions between van Dam and Marx-Sinn compellingly documents a fundamental conflict betweenthemas to whether the policies ofGermanJewry should be more "Bonn-orientiert" (Marx) or "Bonn-distanziert" (van Dam)-but also to much more complex and variegated forms and concepts of renewed German Jewish life that render Sinn's focus on the institutions and official figure heads of the Jewish community increasingly too narrow.

This is Sinn's doctoral dissertation, written and supervised by Michael Brenner in Munich. …

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