This is the first and only book in English to show how these Jewish intellectual women were instrumental in directing the cultural and political life of Central Europe. It is a collection of scholarly essays dealing with Female Jewish intellectuals throughout Europe since 1860 until 2000. Topics range from women in music, to pioneers of Zionism, to others including a woman who was instrumental in the Russian Revolution. These women forever changed European culture and politics. This brings us one step closer to understanding how they gained influence considering the limited roles women played during that period in history. The essays collected in this volume show the complex lives and identities of Central European Jewish women, born between 1860 and the early 20th century. They enrich our knowledge and understanding of European Jewish women. Despite their important contributions to many intellectual and artistic fields, most of the women in this book were previously unknown to English-speaking audiences. These women exhibited a fluid range of identities, affiliations, and loyalties.
Their Jewishness was more often identified with culture or community rather than ritual or religion. Most traveled around Europe and fled Europe during the time of the Nazi persecution.
1. Jewish Intellectual Women in Central Europe, 1860-2000; 2. An Outsider Twice Over: Cecile Wohl Pollacsek, Salonist of Fin-de-Siecle Budapest; 3. Living and Writinga s Cultural Hybrid: The Case of Juliane Dery; 4. A Pioneer in Academia: Elise Richter; 5. Freedom and Resistance against Oppression: The Legacy of Amelia Rosselli.