Jews and Money: Economic Change and Cultural Anxiety in Germany, 1870-1990


Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowships




Where scholars have previously offered political or social explanations of anti-Jewish resentment in Germany history, "Jews and Money" argues that German anti-Semitism was based on a confusion of money with the market, and Jews with money. This double confusion was brought about by Germany's rapid industrialization, which triggered a widespread anxiety that market-oriented practices were reducing spiritual values to financial ones. Through demographic studies of Jewish occupational distribution, biographies of Jewish economists and entrepreneurs, analysis of trials and political scandals, and the history of an SS economic institute, “Jews and Money” tells the story of the fortunes and misfortunes of Jews as well as their detractors in modern Germany.