By Leonard Barkan
Barkan, voraciously curious and witty, bargains a self-deprecating consultant to the historical past of Jewish existence in Berlin, revealing how, starting within the early 19th century, Jews grew to become widespread within the arts, the sciences, and the city’s public existence. With him, we travel the ivy-covered confines of the Schönhauser Allee cemetery, the place many extraordinary Jewish Berliners were buried, and we walk via Bayerisches Viertel, a sublime local created via a Jewish developer and that got here to be known as Berlin’s “Jewish Switzerland.” We go back and forth again to the early 19th century to the salon of Rahel Varnhagen, a Jewish society doyenne, who often hosted well-known artists, writers, politicians, and the occasional royal. Barkan additionally introduces us to James Simon, a turn-of-the-century philanthropist and artwork collector, and we discover the lifetime of Walter Benjamin, who wrote a memoir of his formative years in Berlin as a member of the assimilated Jewish upper-middle class. all through, Barkan muses approximately his personal Jewishness, whereas celebrating the wealthy Jewish tradition on view in today’s Berlin.
A profitable, idiosyncratic commute significant other, Berlin for Jews deals the way to interact with German historical past, to recognize the unspeakable whereas extolling the indelible impact of Jewish culture.
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Berlin for Jews: A Twenty-First-Century Companion by Leonard Barkan