By A. Buckser
In October of 1943, the Danish resistance rescued just about all of the Jews in Copenhagen from roundups by way of the occupying Nazis. within the years considering, Jews became deeply engaged in a Danish tradition that provides only a few limitations of anti-Semitism or prejudice. This telling ethnographic learn explores the questions that such inclusion increases for the Danish Jews, and what their solutions can let us know concerning the that means of faith, ethnicity, and group in sleek society.Social scientists have lengthy argued that modernity poses demanding situations to standard ethnic groups, by way of breaking down the networks of locality, kinship, faith, and career that experience held such groups jointly. For Danish Jews, inclusion into the bigger society has resulted in expanding fragmentation, because the group has break up right into a bewildering array of non secular, social, and political factions. The community's power power within the face of such fragmentation, and the continued value of Jewishness to the self-identity of its contributors, issues to a brand new knowing of the that means of ethnic group in modern society.
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Extra resources for After the Rescue: Jewish Identity and Community in Contemporary Denmark (Contemporary Anthropology of Religion)
The main thrust of the decree, both in tone and weight of words, is the dismantling of the Jewish Community as a secular administrative agency. The decree consists of twenty paragraphs, which lay down three basic kinds of provision. To a large degree, this right already existed; Jews had been admitted to the guilds and professions decades earlier. The provisions of the decree, moreover, would prove tricky to enforce, as Danish employers found numerous subtle means of denying jobs to Jews when they wanted to.
Taken all together, the nineteenth century embodied both the promise and the danger of the Enlightenment vision of Judaism. The bitter ideological divisions that had consumed the community largely fell away, and a large synagogue with an eminent rabbi replaced the scattered dingy apartments in which worship had taken place. At the same time, however, the cohesiveness and tradition of the Jewish community sharply eroded, as its members drifted into the fashions and the families of the surrounding world.
Wolff, cosmopolitan and academically educated, represented a very different sort of rabbi, one much more attuned to the integrationist sentiments of Nathanson and his supporters. He immediately began organizing the construction of a magnificent new synagogue in Krystalgade. This form adopted some reform ideas, such as shortening the services, but it left the vast majority of the traditional service unaltered. 14 Most Jews went along with Wolff ’s approach, however, and for the first time in a generation the synagogue became a unifying force in the community.
After the Rescue: Jewish Identity and Community in Contemporary Denmark (Contemporary Anthropology of Religion) by A. Buckser