The Pity of it All : A Portrait of Jews in Germany 1743-1933, Paperback

The Pity of it All : A Portrait of Jews in Germany 1743-1933 Paperback

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"The Pity of It All" is a passionate and poignant history of German Jews, tracing the journey of a people and their culture from the mid eighteenth century to the eve of the Third Reich.

As it is usually told, the story of the Jews in Germany starts at the end, overshadowed by their tragic demise in Hitler's Reich.

Now, in this important work of historical restoration, the acclaimed historian and social critic Amos Elon takes us back to the beginning, chronicling a 150-year period of achievement and integration that at its peak produced a golden age second only to the Renaissance.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464 pages, Illustrations, facsims., maps, ports.
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9780140283945



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A book everyone should read. The Holocaust is a harrowing subject but this book is a celebration of the contribution Jewish people made to the culture of Germany. Felix Mendelssohn, Heinrich Heine, Hannah Arendt and many more famous names all feature in these pages. What happened when the Nazis turned on the Jews of Germany and Europe is heart-breaking, all the more so because of the restraint with which Amos Elon wrote this chronicle of a lost world.

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