This text is one man’s quest to understand the failure of the German-Jewish relationship to explain the character and attitudes of Germany’s assimilated Jews over a 300-year period. Juxtaposing the broad picture of history and politics in Germany against the stories of six of his own ancestors, Blumental explores the triumphs and tragedies of Jews of succesive generations, seeking the sources and outcomes of the prejudices that separated them from other Germans.
The Invisible Wall
Germans and Jews: A Personal Exploration
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W. MICHAEL BLUMENTHAL was U.S. Secretary of the Treasury in the Carter administration from 1977 to 1979. He was chairman and chief executive officer of the Bendix Corporation and of Burroughs Corporation (later Unisys). Currently serving as president and chief executive of the Berlin Jewish Museum, he lives in Princeton.