Nicolas Berg

Dr. Nicolas Berg ist Leitender Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Leibniz-Institut für jüdische Geschichte und Kultur – Simon Dubnow..
Dan Diner ist Professor emeritus für Moderne Geschichte an der Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Von 1999 bis 2014 war er Direktor des Simon-Dubnow-Instituts für jüdische Geschichte und Kultur und Professor am Historischen Seminar der Universität Leipzig.

Luftmenschen von Nicolas Berg


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Concept and discourse of the „Jewish Luftmensh” has a double meaning around 1900: It functions not only as a metaphor for what the 19th century bequeathed to the 20th in form of the “Jewish Question”, but also as a critical comment on modernity as a whole. In cooperation with the field of the so called “Völkerpsychologie” – highly regarded at that time – a kind of national social psychology was established, in which Jews were perceived and described as “rootless”. The book will analyze the cultural upspring, development and change of this metaphor with examples from economy, theology, philosophy, science and literature.

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