The Germanic Mosaic: Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Society

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[moral awry], in the gruesome verse lines of Paul Celan from the Grab in den Lüften [Grave in the Air] for his Jewish contemporaries and his followers, that such a terrible meaning would be retained?

The Israeli authors writing in the German language cannot-also not because of linguistic reasons-not give up this illusion to influence the youth of the country of Israel. Their publications are consequently in the vast majority of cases meant for a non-Israeli, not non-Jewish-reading audience, and here may also lie the meaning and purpose of the books of fiction and poetry, lyrics and essay writings. They do not reach the descendants of the victims, but it is perhaps more important for the descendants of those who carry the guilt and responsibility for the Shoa not to forget it.

How strong this literature of the present keeps up the continuing fight for its existence, the historical background remains memory and thought. Insistence transmits the thought association by flight on the brightly lit Tel- Aviv in Alfred Kittner Verszeile and every light is a timely light of the year; 6 perhaps every text written by an Israeli author in the German language is a timely light of the year!


NOTES
1
Already decades before the emotional pressure at the founding of the first university, the Technion in Haifa, people were debating whether the official teaching language should be Ivrit or if for scientific reasons it had to be German. Hebrew succeeded and the teachers but not the students needed to learn a new language and coin new technical terms and expressions.
2
The publisher as well as the name of the newspaper have changed. Since January 1, 1974 it is published under the name Israel Nachrichten.
3
Orient was published for one year, from April 1942 to April 1943; on February 2, 1943 its printing office was destroyed by a fire attack. As one possible reason the paper trade on the black market was mentioned. The weekly newspaper was widely disapproved of in certain circles, and also the M. B. published attacks against the anti-Zionist tendency.
4
During the early 1930s, quite a few German Zionists arrived who participated in the cultural and social development of the country and who held important posts even after the State of Israel was founded.
5
In 1942 the last work published during his lifetime appeared in a private publication: "A Palestinian Novella", which received a negative review in the Orient.
6
On the day of death the relatives light a burning twenty-four-hour candle of commemoration.

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