Deborah
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Salomon Hermann Mosenthal’s popular drama Deborah (1848; first performed 1849 at the Hamburg city theatre) treats the Jewish question with the example of an interfaith romance in late-18th-century Austria. The play paradigmatically expresses the hope for acculturation nurtured by liberal Jewish authors of the period from 1848 to 1871. At the same time, the literary image of “the beautiful Jewess” r…

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Hahn, Hans-Joachim, “Deborah”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017.. Consulted online on 20 June 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0166>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20180401



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