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The Legacy of German Jewry$
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Hermann Levin Goldschmidt

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823228263

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823228263.001.0001

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The Empty House and Shofar

The Empty House and Shofar

(p.169) Twenty The Empty House and Shofar
The Legacy of German Jewry

Hermann Levin Goldschmidt

Fordham University Press

This chapter discusses The Empty House and Shofar, works of German writer Karl Otten. The Empty House, published in 1959, is a prose anthology that included selections by Paul Adler, Ernst Blass, and Albert Ehrenstein. In this book Otten, not a Jew himself, acted on behalf of the Jews and out of a sense of the horrible injustice done to them. In 1963, he wrote Shofar, which highlighted the lofty heights German Jewry had achieved as it had seldom been shown to before. In this work, Otten also suggested that vacuum created by the elimination of the Jews from the German intellectual life cannot be filled.

Keywords:   The Empty House, Shofar, Karl Otten, prose anthology, German Jewry, Jewish literature

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