Jewish Studies

Selma Stern

Der Hofjude im Zeitalter des Absolutismus

Hrsg. v. Marina Sassenberg

[The Court Jew in the Age of Absolutism. A Contribution to European History in the 17th and 18th Century. By Selma Stern. The English original has been translated into German, annotated and edited by Marina Sassenberg.]

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Most rulers in 17th and 18th century central Europe regarded the court Jew as an indispensable institution for strengthening their political and economic power. However Jewish logisticians, financiers, political advisers and diplomats, such as for example Joseph Süß Oppenheimer, Samuel Wertheimer and others were highly dependent on their princes. The German-Jewish historian Selma Stern (1890–1981) was the first person to analyze this ambivalent role of the European court Jew, combining interdisciplinary academic research with high literary standards. Written for a pre-war German audience, the book was banned by the Nazis and published in 1950 during the author's exile in the United States. It did however become a classic piece of European history, and has remained so until today. 50 years after its appearance, this volume is now being presented in German for the first time.
Most rulers in 17th and 18th century central Europe regarded the court Jew as an indispensable institution for strengthening their political and economic power. However Jewish logisticians, financiers, political advisers and diplomats, such as for example Joseph Süß Oppenheimer, Samuel Wertheimer and others were highly dependent on their princes. The German-Jewish historian Selma Stern (1890–1981) was the first person to analyze this ambivalent role of the European court Jew, combining interdisciplinary academic research with high literary standards. Written for a pre-war German audience, the book was banned by the Nazis and published in 1950 during the author's exile in the United States. It did however become a classic piece of European history, and has remained so until today. 50 years after its appearance, this volume is now being presented in German for the first time.
Authors/Editors

Selma Stern Historikerin; 1913 Promotion zum Dr. phil.; 1919–33 Wiss. Mitarbeiterin an der Akademie für die Wissenschaft des Judentums, Berlin; 1933–41 Berufsverbot, zugleich: Forschungstätigkeit im Auftrag der Reichsvertretung der Juden in Deutschland; 1941 Emigration in die USA; 1947–55 Archivarin der American Jewish Archives, Hebrew University, Cincinnati/Ohio; 1956 Ehrendoktor der Hebrew University; 1960 Übersiedlung nach Basel/Schweiz.

Marina Sassenberg Geboren 1958; Dipl. Sozialwissenschaftlerin; 1989–96 Wiss. Mitarbeiterin des Salomon Ludwig Steinheim-Instituts in Duisburg; 1996–98 Wiss. Mitarbeiterin der Moses Mendelssohn Akademie Halberstadt; 1998–99 Konzeption und Durchführung der Wanderausstellung 'Zeitenbruch. Jüdische Existenz in Rheinland-Westfalen 1933–1945'; derzeit Dissertationsprojekt über Selma Stern an der Universität zu Halle-Wittenberg.

Reviews

The following reviews are known:

In: Schwäbische Heimat — 2004, H.4, S.500f (Benigna Schönhagen)
In: FAZ — Nr. 17 (2002), S. 48 (Friedrich Niewöhner)
In: Schweiz.Zeitschr.f.Rel.-u.KulturG — 99 (2005), S. 566–568 (Ulrich Wyrwa)
In: Neue Zürcher Zeitung — 23.Jan.2002, Nr. 18, S. 58 (Dr.A.Dörfler-Dierken)
In: Aschkenas -Keine Angebote mehr!- — Vol.13 (2003), H.1, S. 279ff (Cornelia Östreich)
In: Church History and Rel. Culture — Vol.82 (2002), H.2, S. 448ff (Robert v.Friedeburg)
In: Archiv für Hess.Gesch.u.Altertumsk. — Jg.60 (2002), S. 489f (J.Fr. Battenberg)
In: Zeitschr.f.Histor.Forschung — Bd.31 (2004), H.1, S.156ff (Peter Baumgart)
In: Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaft (ZfG) — Jg.50 (2002), H.12, S. 1125f (Wieland Held)
In: Sehepunkte — sehepunkte.de/2009/02/14468.html (Irene Aue)
In: Vierteljahrschrift für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte (VSWG) — Bd.90 (2003), H.1, S. 124f (Karl-P. Ellerbrock)