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By A. Buckser

ISBN-10: 0312239459

ISBN-13: 9780312239459

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 offers 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 in regards to the that means of faith, ethnicity, and group in glossy society.Social scientists have lengthy argued that modernity poses demanding situations to standard ethnic groups, through 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 ended in expanding fragmentation, because the neighborhood has cut up right into a bewildering array of spiritual, social, and political factions. The community's power power within the face of such fragmentation, and the continuing value of Jewishness to the self-identity of its individuals, issues to a brand new figuring out of the which means of ethnic neighborhood in modern society.

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The often ragtag funeral processions were made more seemly, various undignified activities at the cemetery were abolished, and most importantly, the length of time between death and burial was extended from hours to days. In 1812, Nathanson commissioned a new, Reform-oriented instruction book in Jewish religion, to serve as an analog to the catechisms used in Lutheran confirmation classes. These changes often aroused anger in the congregation, most of whose influential members remained staunchly conservative; even Nathanson’s grandfather objected vigorously to the burial reforms.

12 Some Jews had to go into hiding, including Nathanson, whose firm had been accused of causing the collapse of the state bank. Agitators put up posters on the Bourse and other buildings, calling on “all good and Christian citizens” to drive the Jews,“that plague upon society, out of the state” (Blüdnikow and Jørgensen 1984: 90). The next day, the crown called in the military, who soon restored order. Similar riots broke out and were put down in several of the provincial cities in the ensuing days.

The Jewish Community paid him damages of 85,000 kroner, and Schornstein took over as chief rabbi. Lewenstein did not leave the country; a circle of supporters, many of them youths or Eastern European immigrants, set up an alternative synagogue under his leadership. Named Machsike Hadas, or “Bearers of the Myrtle,”17 the group was initially intended merely as a moral support for Lewenstein. With funding from the international Orthodox Jewish association, they managed to hire a successor and establish a permanent synagogue.

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