Sammy Gronemann´s Lessing

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“Sammy Gronemann's Lessing” records yet another German-Jewish encounter, by tracing the literary imprints left by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing upon the German-Jewish writer Sammy Gronemann (1875-1952).
The heritage of Lessing amounts to a legitimization of paradigmatic importance for Gronemann's German-Jewish identity. By imitating Lessing, as well as by entering into a critical discourse with his works, especially with his dramatic poem Nathan the Wise, Gronemann incorporates a German voice into his Jewish habitus, with which he himself learned to speak in a polyvocal space of assymetric identifications. Partly based upon hitherto unresearched material, I not only expose Gronemann's attempt to lend a German voice to the Jews’ plight - especially to those of Eastern European origin, but I also document the literary contribution, with which Sammy Gronemann enriched German culture. Gronemann attempted primarily to reach his own assimilated German-Jewish kinsmen.
Thus we are presented in his work with a marvelous possibility to examine an early German Zionist perspective, and we may follow his reflection on which groups may raise their voice in Germany.
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationDisappearing Realities
Subtitle of host publicationOn the Cultural Consequences of Social Change
EditorsMarta Bucholc, Anne Dwyer
Place of PublicationVienna
StatePublished - 2011

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