Rebirth of a Culture: Jewish Identity and Jewish Writing in Germany and Austria Today. Ed. Hillary Hope Herzog, Todd Herzog & Benjamin Lapp. New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2008.
"This incredibly useful and interesting book brings together contributions from scholars and writers who have been working on the dynamic changes in Austrian and German Jewish writing over the last few decades.” · H-Net, Habsburg
“Without exception, all contributions constitute informative, well-researched and reasonably argued pieces of scholarship…thoughtfully conceived and carefully edited, adding up to an informative source book with a useful index of names and topics.” · German Studies Review
"...it is an outstanding piece of scholarship, focusing on an important emerging topic within contemporary German literature." · Guy Stern, Distinguished Professor, Wayne State University
After 1945, Jewish writing in German was almost unimaginable—and then only in reference to the Shoah. Only in the 1980s, after a period of mourning, silence, and processing of the trauma, did a new Jewish literature evolve in Germany and Austria. This volume focuses on the re-emergence of a lively Jewish cultural scene in the German-speaking countries and the various cultural forms of expression that have developed around it. Topics include current debates such as the emergence of a post-Waldheim Jewish discourse in Austria and Jewish responses to German unification and the Gulf wars. Other significant themes addressed are the memorialization of the Holocaust in Berlin and Vienna, the uses of Kafka in contemporary German literature, and the German and American-Jewish dialogue as representative of both the history of exile and the globalization of postmodern civilization. The volume is enhanced by contributions from some of the most significant representatives of German-Jewish writing today such as Esther Dischereit, Barbara Honigmann, Jeanette Lander, and Doron Rabinovici. The result is a lively dialogue between European and North American scholars and writers that captures the complexity and dynamism of Jewish culture in Germany and Austria at the turn of the twenty-first century.