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“A Little State Within a Larger One”: The Expansion of Jewish Welfare During the Weimar Republic

“A Little State Within a Larger One”: The Expansion of Jewish Welfare During the Weimar Republic

Chapter:
(p.78) Three “A Little State Within a Larger One”: The Expansion of Jewish Welfare During the Weimar Republic
Source:
Germans into Jews
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804757119.003.0004

This chapter turns to a broader examination of social welfare as a means of facilitating the social and biological rejuvenation of German Jews. Following the war, the entire spectrum of religiously and politically defined welfare organizations viewed the welfare sector as a potential means for molding a new German national community. In response to the acute social and economic crises affecting broad sectors of the German population, modern Jewish social work provided not only a response to genuine need but also a basis and a blueprint for expanding the scope and authority of the Jewish community. As the government and private welfare organizations expanded both their influence and cooperation, social work became an instrumental part of the state apparatus and remained part of a larger scientific vision that foresaw the rational reorganization of society according to the most modern methods.

Keywords:   social welfare, social policy, German Jews, welfare organizations, Jewish social work

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