Monday, April 22, 2013

Center for Jewish History

Today I went here:

Passages through the Fire: Jews and the Civil War

"Passages through the Fire: Jews and the Civil War tells a story that might surprise even history buffs: The Civil War was a crucible for American Jews, laying the groundwork for their integration and Americanization on a large scale. It enabled the full participation of Jews in American life – militarily, politically, economically and socially – and set the stage for massive Jewish immigration decades later."

Brothers Edward Jonas (Union Soldier) and Charles H. Jonas (Confederate Soldier)

"Before the Nazi regime, however, Jews were instrumental in shaping the traditions and character of Germany’s third largest city, from Löwenbräu beer to the top purveyor of Lederhosen and Dirndl to the city’s champion soccer club. Like Jews across Germany, they considered themselves as much Germans as Jews, but they could add a third identity to their hyphenated existence - Bavarian."

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