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Kunstwart Debate
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The essay Deutsch-jüdischer Parnaß by then-unknown Moritz Goldstein (1880–1977), which appeared in the cultural journal Kunstwart in 1912, triggered a wide-ranging discussion of the situation of Jews in Germany. According to the central statement of the text: “We Jews manage the intellectual property of a people that denies us the authority and ability to do so.” The debate in Kunstwart was early evidence for the failure of Jewish assimilation and a clear indicator of the critical changes in the self-understanding of German Jews, especially in light of the…

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Voigts, Manfred, “Kunstwart Debate”, 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_0435>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20200106

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