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The Pity of It All: A Portrait of the German-Jewish Epoch, 1743-1933

In this important work of historical restoration, Amos Elon shows how a persecuted clan of cattle dealers and wandering peddlers was transformed into a stunningly successful community of writers, philosophers, scientists, tycoons, and activists. In engaging, brilliantly etched portraits of Moses Mendelssohn, Heinrich Heine, Karl Marx, Hannah Arendt, and many others, Elon traces how a small minority came to be perceived as a deadly threat

to German national integrity…

Submitted:Mar 6, 2008
Author:Amos Elon
Total comments:12
18 diggs • 12 comments • Mar 6, 2008

History repeating? "The Pity of It All"

Reading some the comments of the AIPAC trial submission, highlights the ever-present danger Jews in the Diaspora face. The German Jews thought they had successfully become true Germans in the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, until Germany suffered its defeat and humiliation in WWI. Could history repeat itself?