After the Rescue

Jewish Identity and Community in Contemporary Denmark

  • Authors
  • Andrew Buckser

Part of the Contemporary Anthropology of Religion book series (CAR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Andrew Buckser
    Pages 1-17
  3. Andrew Buckser
    Pages 19-53
  4. Andrew Buckser
    Pages 55-102
  5. Andrew Buckser
    Pages 103-129
  6. Andrew Buckser
    Pages 131-154
  7. Andrew Buckser
    Pages 155-170
  8. Andrew Buckser
    Pages 171-187
  9. Andrew Buckser
    Pages 189-211
  10. Andrew Buckser
    Pages 213-238
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 239-271

About this book


In October of 1943, the Danish resistance rescued almost all of the Jews in Copenhagen from roundups by the occupying Nazis. In the years since, Jews have become deeply engaged in a Danish culture that presents very few barriers of antisemitism or prejudice. This book explores the questions that such inclusion raises for the Danish Jews, and what their answers can tell us about the meaning of religion, ethnicity and community in modern society. Social scientists have long argued that modernity poses challenges for traditional ethnic communities, by breaking down the networks of locality, kinship, religion and occupation that have held such communities together. For the Danish Jews, inclusion into the larger society has led to increasing fragmentation, as the community has split into a bewildering array of religious, social, and political factions. Yet it remains one of Scandinavia's most vital religious organizations, and Jewishness remains central to self-understanding for thousands of its members. How this has happened - how the Jewish world has maintained its significance while losing any sense of coherence or unity - suggests a new understanding of the meaning of ethnic community in contemporary society.


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