February 5th, 2007

Jüdinnen (1)


Readers have become accustomed, in contemporary Western European Jewish stories, to seek out and find just above or beneath the story the solution to the Jewish question as well; but in Jüdinnen such a solution is not portrayed and not even attempted, so that the reader might well suddenly perceive this as a flaw in Jüdinnen, and will look on only reluctantly if Jews should come into the daylight without political encourangement from the past or the future. Here he must say to himself that, particularly since the advent of Zionism, the possible solutions to the Jewish problem are so clearly laid out that the author need only turn his body, after all, to find a particular solution appropriate to that part of the problem lying before him.