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The Pity of it All A Portrait of Jews in Germany 1743-1933 by Amos Elon

The Pity of it All A Portrait of Jews in Germany 1743-1933


The Pity of it All A Portrait of Jews in Germany 1743-1933 by Amos Elon

The Pity of It All is a passionate and poignant history of German Jews, tracing the journey of a people and their culture from the mid eighteenth century to the eve of the Third Reich. As it is usually told, the story of the Jews in Germany starts at the end, overshadowed by their tragic demise in Hitler's Reich. Now, in this important work of historical restoration, the acclaimed historian and social critic Amos Elon takes us back to the beginning, chronicling a 150-year period of achievement and integration that at its peak produced a golden age second only to the Renaissance.


Brilliant, far-reaching, passionate. . .sweeping and marvelously detailed. . .finely, intimately, movingly drawn. . . a book for the ages. -- The New York Times

[Elon] is a master of the telling anecdote. . ..One should be grateful for what Elon has done. -- Los Angeles Times

A work packed with beautifully sketched portraits, and constructed with a practiced eye for memorable, well-executed anecdotes. -- The New York Times Book Review

Impressive. . .Could hardly be improved upon. -- The New York Review of Books

If there is one book Americans should read this winter, it is Amos Elon's The Pity of It All-- a meticulous and wrenching history of a people in a place at a moment in time that bears urgently upon our own. --Joan Didion, author of Political Fictions

About the Author

Amos Elon is the author of eight widely praised books, including A Blood-Dimmed Tide, Founder: A Portrait of the First Rothschild and the New York Times bestseller Israelis: Founders and Sons. A frequent contributor to The New York Times Magazine and the New York Review of Books, he divides his time between Jerusalem and Tuscany.

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Book Info

Publication date

12th January 2004


Amos Elon

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Penguin Books Ltd


464 pages


European history
Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900
Social & cultural history

20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000



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