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This, Too, is for the Best

Simon Krämer and His Stories

Julia Kramer

This book, a graceful narrative interweaving fact and fiction, presents nineteenth-century German-Jewish history as seen through the eyes of Simon Krämer, a Bavarian school-teacher and author whose previously unknown works emerge as valuable pieces of social and cultural history. Using material from his memoirs, his stories, and documents in the German archives, Julia Wood Kramer illustrates three of the major conflicts lacing Simon Krämer's generation: the struggle for civil rights, the desire for German culture, and the resulting need to redefine Judaism and Jewish life. Moving from this larger world to the smaller world of Krämer and his family, the author focuses on the poignant emotions surrounding Krämer's sense of loss of a personal identity for himself, his children emigrating to America, and his fellow Jews, producing a work that is enlightening as well as moving.

BIC Classifications

  • Literature & literary studies (D)
    • Literature: history & criticism (DS)
      • Literary theory (DSA)
      • Literary studies: general (DSB)
        • Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900 (DSBF)
  • Humanities (H)
    • History (HB)
      • History: earliest times to present day (HBL)
        • Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900 (HBLL)
  • Society & social sciences (J)
    • Society & culture: general (JF)

BISAC Classifications

  • History (HIS)
    • HISTORY / Europe / Germany (HIS014000)
  • Literary Criticism (LIT)
    • LITERARY CRITICISM / European / German (LIT004170)
  • Social Science (SOC)
    • Anthropology (SOC002)
      • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General (SOC002000)
    • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General (SOC008000)

THEMA Classifications

  • Biography, Literature & Literary studies (D)
    • Literature: history & criticism (DS)
      • Literary studies: general (DSB)
        • Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900 (DSBF)
  • Reference, Information & Interdisciplinary subjects (G)
    • Interdisciplinary studies (GT)
      • Regional studies (GTM)
  • Society & Social Sciences (J)
    • Society & culture: general (JB)
  • History & Archaeology (N)
    • History (NH)
      • European history (NHD)
  • Geographical qualifiers (1)
    • Europe (1D)
      • Central Europe (1DF)
        • Germany (1DFG)
  • Language qualifiers (2)
    • Indo-European languages (2A)
      • Germanic & Scandinavian languages (2AC)
        • German (2ACG)
  • Time period qualifiers (3)
    • c 1500 onwards to present day (3M)
      • 19th century, c 1800 to c 1899 (3MN)
        • Later 19th century c 1850 to c 1899 (3MNQ)
          • c 1890 to c 1899 (3MNQZ)
            • Germany: the age of Imperialism (1890–1914) (3MNQZ-DE-D)
      • 20th century, c 1900 to c 1999 (3MP)
        • Early 20th century c 1900 to c 1950 (3MPB)
  • Interest qualifiers (5)
    • Relating to specific groups & cultures (5P)
      • Relating to religious groups (5PG)
        • Relating to Jewish people & groups (5PGJ)
  • Style qualifiers (6)
    • Styles (B) (6B)
      • Biedermeier (6BF)
    • Styles (R) (6R)
      • Realism (6RM)