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Denotation for entrepreneurs and bankers of Jewish origin, who had direct access to the emperor in late Wilhelmine Germany. The disrespectfully intended term “Kaiserjuden,” only later used by the Jewish side, expressed the view that they had allied themselves with the German ruler. However, it was mostly Emperor Wilhelm II himself who sought their company, in which he enjoyed a certain cosmopolitanism of entertainment, knowledge, and advice, such as he could not otherwise encounter in his immediate …

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Schölzel, Christian, “Kaiserjuden”, 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 04 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0390>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20200106

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