Auto-Emancipation is the title of an 1882 manifesto by the Russian Jewish writer and doctor Leo (Judah Leib) Pinsker (1821–1891). The treatise, written in reaction to the pogroms that had broken out in the Russian Empire in 1881, declares existing concepts of emancipation failed and calls on the Jews to emancipate themselves. Auto-Emancipation was widely discussed in the public sphere of Jewish Eastern Europe, and it marks the beginning of a new era in Jewish politics.
Cite this pageScott Ury, Tel Aviv, “Auto-Emancipation”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017. Consulted online on 01 December 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0063>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20170409
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