paranoid Jews? Max's Wrong Impression

bautiste at bautiste at
Sun Jul 5 09:41:11 PDT 1998

Max Sawicky wrote:

> My impression is that German Jewry was fully
> integrated into the highest rungs of society
> in all areas and was a larger component of
> the German nation than American Jews are.

According to numerous statistics from the period, your impression is wrong. Jews were no more integrated in the highest rungs of society than most Germans of the time. Indeed, because of a latent anti-semitism, they were restricted from various echelons of German polite society. You might look at the work of Steven Katz on this issue. He has a concise essay dealing with the notion that Jews somehow were more influential and richer than others in German society. The statistics he quotes are very persuasive.

chuck miller


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