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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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Jewish Self-Hatred

Jewish Self-Hatred

(p.174) Twenty-One Jewish Self-Hatred
The Legacy of German Jewry

Hermann Levin Goldschmidt

Fordham University Press

This chapter discusses the historical background of the Jewish self-hatred based on Theodor Lessing's book Jewish Self-Hatred published in 1930. It suggests that self-hatred is easily more aroused when an individual or group can be singled out as an identifiable minority. Lessing suggests that the characteristic Jewish tendency toward self-accusation may be attributed to the attitude toward everyday life that the Jewish people have displayed ever since it was forged with the covenant at Sinai.

Keywords:   Theodor Lessing, Jewish, minority, self-accusation

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