Eternal Longing of an Eternal Stranger – On the Problem of Longing from a German-Jewish Perspective
Longing is a feeling perhaps more familiar to the Jewish people than to any other nation. In their centuries-long diaspora existence, Jews have repeatedly yearned for a sense of community in the face of alienating reality, for the lost homeland, or even for legitimate naturalisation. This article is an attempt to shed light on the problem of longing in the field of tension between Zionism and German-Jewish symbiosis. Selected texts by Bertha Badt-Strauss, Margarete Susman, Else Lasker-Schüler and Grete Weil-Jockisch provide a methodo-logical approach.
longing; Zionism; Judaism; Bertha Badt-Strauss; Else Lasker-Schüler; Margarete Susman; Grete Weil-Jockisch
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