The Unifying Aspects of Cultures


Interrelations between Jewish, Slavic and German Cultures

Chair of the section/Suggestions, Abstracts, Papers to:
Email: Maria Klanska (Kraków/Krakau)

ABSTRACT: For hundreds of years Jewish culture developed in Central Europe closed off from the non-Jewish surroundings. This situation changed somewhat in Germany in the 18th, and in Eastern Europe in the 19th century with the beginning of the Enlightenment, which made possible the first interrelationships between the cultures of the area and the Jewish minority. In Germany this process led to the assimilation or acculturation of Jews. Eastern Jews also learned German and studied German Culture. In addition the neighboring Slavic cultures also influenced the Jewish population. Furthermore this process was reciprocal - we find manifold Jewish influences in the Christian cultures. Linguistic influences were also reciprocal. They exist in Jiddish as well as in German and in the Slavic languages. This section will examine these reciprocal influences in literature, language, music, the plastic arts, etc. as well as the role of Jews as mediators of culture between Germans and Slavs.