By Olaf Glockner , Anja Kreienbrink Julius H. Schoeps

Europe is in the course of a fast political and fiscal unification. What does this suggest for the Jewish minority - numbering lower than 2 million humans and nonetheless struggling with the aftermath of the Shoah? Will the Jewish groups perform Europe's daring enterprise with out risking overall assimilation? Are they brilliant sufficient to shape a brand new Jewish heart along Israel and the yank Jewish neighborhood, or are they hopelessly divided and on a "Road to Nowhere"? diversified views are expected, in terms of demographical, cultural and sociological facets. This quantity presents interesting, thorough and arguable solutions through well known students from Europe, Israel, North- and Latin the United States - a lot of them additionally dedicated to neighborhood Jewish group construction. This ebook is additionally to be had in paperback.

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From the general societal context to the individual circumstances within the Jewish group—and not vice versa. Most of the single observations seem to follow quite a coherent logic, not far from the interpolated central value of the series of data, with one exception—a very distant outlier on the high side of socioeconomic development and at the top of Jewish population growth. That country is Germany, and the increase of 300% between 1970 and 2008 is due to the influx of Jews from the FSU since 1989.

Of course, the causes of the particularly German concentration of Jewish population growth in Europe relate to the specific and especially favorable legal framework for immigration developed in Germany with particular attention to the needs of Jewish migrants (Erlanger, 2007: 22 sergio dellapergola Jewish Population Percent Change 1970–2008 300,0 250,0 200,0 150,0 100,0 50,0 0,0 –50,0 –100,0 –150,0 0,550 0,600 0,650 0,700 0,750 HDI 1975 0,800 0,850 0,900 Figure 7. Jewish population change in European countries by initial HDI, 1970–2008 83–88).

24 sergio dellapergola The situation in Western Europe was different. The relationship between HDI change and Jewish population change appeared to be negative in both periods examined. This points to the existence of problematic general societal adjustments within the respective countries, and to their negative effects on overall resilience of local Jewish populations. In general, the countries with the lowest improvement in HDI had as a rule somewhat better Jewish population resilience. During the later period, the same reverse relationship appears, helped here by the fact that the very fast increase in the number of Jews in Germany happened at a time when the country was absorbing the heavy financial burdens of the 1991 political re-union, while also integrating larger masses of immigrants.

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