Our fourth ‘Snapshot of German-Jewish History and Culture’ is now online. Please click here to view the full post: Jakob Wassermann: About Success and the Illusion of Belonging – A German-Jewish Career.

Jakob Wassermann, 1905 (Image courtesy of Zeno.org)

This item presents one of the most popular German-Jewish writers of the early 20th century, Jakob Wassermann (1873-1934). Born the son of a shopkeeper in the German provincial town of Fürth, he became a highly successful author and part of a vibrant scene of leading literary and intellectual figures in the cultural centres of Munich and Vienna. However, the arrival of the Nazi regime in Germany saw an abrupt end to his career with his books banned and burned and the vast body of work largely forgotten today.

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