In Michael Brenner’s exceptional overview of Jewish history in Germany, some of the most renowned experts in the field tell the compelling tale of what happened after the Holocaust – from the first days of the post-war era, when some Jews remained, apprehensively, on Germany’s "blood stained soil," until today, when they are there to stay. Chapters describe the plight of the survivors and Displaced Persons, the consolidation of a small Jewish community, and the immigration-driven growth of a new, larger, and increasingly diverse one. Never overlooking the abyss of the Holocaust, the authors sensitively analyze how Jews reacted to, acted in, and interacted with an ever-evolving Germany.
The recent radical changes in German politics make Michael Brenner’s handbook on the history of post-war Jewry in German the essential text for scholars and students. Written by the preeminent specialists from the USA, Israel and Germany it presents in clear and accessible language the complex and contradictory trajectory of Jewish life reestablishing itself in the German states and then in a united Germany. The reappearance of radical right-wing xenophobia makes this history of Jews in Germany an even more important addition to our book shelves and classroom reading lists.