Erman Civilization: Jewish Assimilation in Germany
Please follow the instruction below. All contents must be taken from attached reading. No outside resources required.
As a writer, Heinrich Heine was extraordinary, but many of his experiences were typical of Jews in Germany in the early nineteenth century. Based on the reading and lecture, discuss his life and work from the perspective of his experiences as a German-Jew. You will want to start by mentioning various attitudes towards Jews and restrictions on Jews in Germany after the Napoleonic wars. What decisions did Heine make in response? Was he satisfied with the results? Were his choices typical of Jews in Germany at the time? Then look more closely at his famous poem a?The Loreley.a? How can this poem be read as a comment on German nationalism? How can it be read as a comment on German romanticism?