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Jewish Publishing Culture in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries

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Author(s): Mahrer, Stefanie
It is the aim of this essay to follow the development of Jewish publishing culture in Yiddish and in Hebrew in the diaspora throughout the 19th and 20th century by focusing on the role of books and newspapers on the shaping of Jewish national, religious, and cultural identity. The history of the Jewish book, or more precisely, the history of writing, printing, and circulation of books, is a key factor when studying the history and culture of Jews. ⸙Introduction Every nation has built its cathedrals, castles and fortresses and created sculptural art. All of these have been …
Date: 2023-01-31


(2,568 words)

Author(s): Mahrer, Stefanie | Picard, Jacques
Especially in Switzerland, the production and sale of watches developed into characteristic professions of Jews. Since the mid-19th century, Jewish traders, craftsmen, and manufacturers established themselves there. When, in the 1870s, with the advent of inexpensive watches from the United States, the skilled manual production of Switzerland proved to be outdated, it was easier for the Jews, as immigrants, as opposed to the long-established, tradition-oriented dynasties of craftsmen, to t…
Date: 2023-10-31


(2,355 words)

Author(s): Mahrer, Stefanie | Picard, Jacques
Insbesondere in der Schweiz entwickelten sich Herstellung und Handel von Uhren zu charakteristischen Berufsfeldern von Juden. Seit Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts etablierten sich dort jüdische Händler, Handwerker und Fabrikanten. Als sich in den 1870er Jahren mit dem Aufkommen günstiger Uhren aus den Vereinigten Staaten die handwerkliche Produktion in der Schweiz als rückständig erwies, fiel es den Juden als Zugewanderten im Unterschied zu den alteingesessen und traditionsorientierten Handwerkerdyna…