From the Jewish bourgeoisie of Germany to the intelligentsia of Israel, from European Zionism to Yishuv politics, Gershom Scholem’s life is a touchstone for scholarly interpretations of these milieus. However, most of what we know about his life comes from his autobiography From Berlin to Jerusalem, which Scholem wrote and rewrote with a cultural and political agenda in mind. Is there another Gershom Scholem to be found in his private correspondence and diaries? Was Scholem’s world not quite how he represented it publicly?
Jay Geller is the Samuel Rosenthal Professor of Judaic Studies at Case Western Reserve University. He specializes in Jewish and modern European history, with a focus on Germany.
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