German City, Jewish Memory

The Story of Worms

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Author: Nils Roemer

Series: Tauber Institute Series for the Study of European Jewry

German and Jewish ways of life have been interwoven in Worms, Germany, for over a thousand years. Despite radical changes brought about by expulsion of Jews, wartime devastation, social advancement, cultural and religious renewal, and the Jewish community’s destruction during the Holocaust, the Jewish sites of Worms display a remarkable degree of continuity, which has contributed to the development of distinct urban Jewish cultures, memories and identities. Tracing the recollection and invention of local Jewish historical traditions in religious commemorations, historical writings, museums and historical monuments, and the transformation from “sites” to “sights” in the form of tourism from the Middle Ages to the present, Roemer’s rich study of Worms offers a blueprint for historians interested in developing similar studies of cities over the longue durée.

Subject: Jewish Studies

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