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The gramophone was developed in 1887 in the United States by the inventor Emil Berliner (1851–1929), who was originally from Germany. Raised in the spirit of emancipation, Berliner saw technological progress as a humanitarian service and also as a way toward integration into American society. Berliner was involved in the formation of record companies in the United States, England, and Germany as well; these evolved into a worldwide record industry, which also helped to publicize Jewish musicians since the 1920s.

Emil Berliner was born as one of thirteen children in a Jewi…

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Fetthauer, Sophie, “Gramophone”, 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 29 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0275>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20200106

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