Borders and Boundaries in and around Dutch Jewish History

Edited by Judith Frishman, David J. Wertheim, Ido de Haan, and Joël Cahen

Borders and Boundaries in and around Dutch Jewish History
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Edited by Judith Frishman, David J. Wertheim, Ido de Haan, and Joël Cahen

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

208 pages | 6 1/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2011
Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9789052603872 Published October 2011 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

This study explores the shifting boundaries and identities of historic and contemporary Jewish communities. The contributors assert that, geographically speaking, Jewish people rarely lived in ghettos and have never been confined within the borders of one nation or country. Whereas their places of residence may have remained the same for centuries, the countries and regimes that ruled over them were rarely as constant, and power struggles often led to the creation of new and divisive national borders. Taking a postmodern historical approach, the contributors seek to reexamine Jewish history and Jewish studies through the lens of borders and boundaries.

Contents
Introduction
Judith Frishman and Ido de Haan

Part I: Boundary Work
The Ghetto of Florence and the Spatial Organization of an Early Modern Catholic State
      Stefanie Siegmund
Explaining the Formation of Ghettos under Nazi Rule and its Bearings on Amsterdam. Segregating “The Jews” or Containing the Perilous “Ostjuden”?
      Dan Michman
Makers of a Minority Group. Jews in Antwerp in the Twentieth Century
      Veerle Vanden Daelen
Part 2: Cultural Trespassers
Jewish Parliamentary Representatives in the Netherlands, 1848–1914. Crossing Borders, Encountering Boundaries?
      Karin Hofmeester
Catinka Heinefetter. A Jewish Prima Donna in Nineteenth-Century France
      Robert Schechter
The Political Significance of Anne Frank. On Crossing Boundaries and Defining Them
      David J. Wertheim
Part 3: Crossing Borders
The Twentieth-Century Portuguese Jews from Salonika. “Oriental Jews of Portuguese Origin”
      Manuela Franco
Dutch Jews and German Immigrants. Backgrounds of an Uneasy Partnership in Progressive Judaism
      Chaya Brasz
Burnishing the Rough. The Relocation of the Diamond Industry to Mandate Palestine
      David de Vries
Part 4: Jews in Limbo
Some Reflections on Jewish Identity in Nineteenth-Century Poznania and Jewish Relations with Poles and Germans
      Krzysztof A. Makowski
Belgian Independence, Orangism, and Jewish Identity. The Jewish Communities in Belgium during the Belgian Revolution (1830–39)
      Bart Wallet
Citizenship, Regionalization, and Identity. The Case of Alsatian Jewry, 1871–1914
      Paula E. Hyman
Moroccan Jewry and Decolonization. A Modern History of Collective Social Boundaries
      Yaron Tsur

Contributors
Index of Names and Places
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