Ein Schtetl in der Stadt – Jüdische Identitätsräume in Texten von Martin Beradt und Sammy Gronemann

  • The concern of this thesis is a discussion of the way German-Jewish identity manifests itself in two literary texts before and after 1933. Using the examples of Sammy Gronemann’s novel Tohuwabohu and Martin Beradt’s Die Straße der kleinen Ewigkeit, it offers a textual analysis of two works which share close connections in terms of subject matter, style, and their respective authors’ background, but are historically divided by the fundamental experience of the rise of National Socialism in Germany. I argue that space is a crucial factor through which identity is constituted in each text, both of which use and partially subvert the romanticized image of the Eastern European shtetl brought to Germany by authors such as Arnold Zweig in the aftermath of World War I. Space in this context always has a twofold quality to it. It functions as a space of identity, but also as a space of identification through which a group of people label others as either belonging or not belonging to a specific space. Furthermore, both texts reject monolithic definitions of Jewish identity, emphasizing instead the diversity of Jewish life in Europe before the Rise of National Socialism.

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Author:Tobias Gruenthal
Referee:Katharina Gerstenberger, Harold Herzog
Document Type:Master's Thesis
Year of Completion:2010
Year of first Publication:2010
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Granting Institution:University of Cincinnati
Release Date:2014/02/14
Tag:Beradt, Martin; Berlin; Gronemann, Sammy; Identität; Judentum; Raum
Beradt, Martin; Berlin; Gronemann, Sammy; Identity; Jewish; Space
Last Page:77
© 2010, some rights reserved.Creative Commons License Ein Schtetl in der Stadt – Jüdische Identitätsräume in Texten von Martin Beradt und Sammy Gronemann by Tobias Gruenthal is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Based on a work at etd.ohiolink.edu.
Univ. of Cincinatti , Mastararbeit 2010
Dewey Decimal Classification:8 Literatur / 83 Deutsche und verwandte Literaturen / 830 Literaturen germanischer Sprachen; Deutsche Literatur
Sammlungen:Germanistik / GiNDok
JudaicaDoc | Jüdische Studien und Israel-Studien / Jüdische Studien - Literatur
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