Changing defnitions of Germanness across three generations of Yekkes in Palestine/Israel

Dani Kranz

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German-speaking Jews arrived in Palestine in vast numbers from 1933 onwards. They are not Olim (ascenders, Jewish immigrants to Palestine/Israel) in the classical, Zionistic sense but emigrated out of necessity from Europe. Their history in Europe, and their arrival in Palestine refect a particular integration into the nascent Jewish society, and resulted in a pronounced particularism that was transmitted across generations. To understand the interdependence of self-defnition and superimposed ascription within a society that aims at absorbing immigrants, this paper chronicles the different defnitions of Germanness amongst three generations of Yekkes (German-speaking Jews) in Palestine, later Israel, by focusing on community building, familial tradition, and everyday praxes of expressing Germanness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-120
Number of pages22
JournalGerman Studies Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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