A Brief History of German Jews in Modern Times, 1600 – 1945


German Jewish History in Modern Times

In 1996, Columbia University Press published the first of four volumes of German-Jewish History in Modern Times,  a comprehensive historical survey of the Jewish presence in Central Europe beginning in the seventeenth century.  Sponsored by the Leo Baeck Institute, the project has become a standard work that offers  vivid portrait of Jewish History in German-speaking lands through the periods of emancipation and integration, and the Holocaust.

Under the editorship of Michael A. Meyer (Hebrew Union College), eminent scholars consider a broad range of topics: religious and cultural life, demographics, political, legal, and socioeconomic status, relations between Jews and non-Jews, and Jewish participation in the larger context of European history.

Leo Baeck Institute adapted this brief synopsis from the work for free use by educators and the interested public.

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