L'Espagne contemporaine et la question juive : les fils renoués de la mémoire et de l'histoire (Book, 2006) [WorldCat.org]
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L'Espagne contemporaine et la question juive : les fils renoués de la mémoire et de l'histoire

Author: Danielle Rozenberg
Publisher: Toulouse : Presses universitaires du Mirail, 2006.
Series: Tempus (Toulouse, France)
Edition/Format:   Print book : FrenchView all editions and formats
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Examines the normalization of Spanish-Jewish relations in the 1990s as the result of a process which began in the 1860s and accelerated with the consolidation of democracy after Franco. Focuses on attitudes toward Jews and on their status in Spain today, the role of memory in the development of collective identities, and the political implications of the "Jewish question". Emphasizes that the possibility, from the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Danielle Rozenberg
ISBN: 9782858168644 2858168644
OCLC Number: 78712439
Description: 296 pages ; 24 cm.
Series Title: Tempus (Toulouse, France)
Responsibility: Danielle Rozenberg.

Abstract:

Examines the normalization of Spanish-Jewish relations in the 1990s as the result of a process which began in the 1860s and accelerated with the consolidation of democracy after Franco. Focuses on attitudes toward Jews and on their status in Spain today, the role of memory in the development of collective identities, and the political implications of the "Jewish question". Emphasizes that the possibility, from the mid-19th century, of a renewed Jewish presence in Spain accentuated tensions between the Church and the liberals, and that the image of the Jews has oscillated between demonization and appreciation of the Sephardi as the bearer of a valuable Spanish heritage. This dichotomy has undermined habitual ideological distinctions and led to political ambiguities, like Franco's actions vis-à-vis the Jews during World War II. Encounters with Sephardim in North Africa and the Balkans, Jewish calls for help during the pogroms in Russia, expulsions from the Ottoman Empire, Nazi persecution, and Arab nationalism in Morocco and Egypt led to various protective measures which confirmed the historical connection between Spain and its Jewish diaspora. The Jewish heritage has, however, been instrumentalized for political purposes, and the "Jewish question" has drawn much attention, despite the modest Jewish presence (40,000 Jews live in Spain today), because it has served as a focal point for national problems.

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