Cover Osteuropa 9-11/2019

In Osteuropa 9-11/2019

Nostalgia, sense of belonging, responsibility
Motifs in postmigrant Jewish literature

Micha Brumlik

Deutsche Fassung


Today, Jewish culture is one of many facets of immigrant society in the reunified Germany. At the same time, it continues to be characterised by remembrance of the Shoah. It therefore connects Germany’s National Socialist past with its open-minded, cosmopolitan present. This is expressed in the literary works of authors such as Katja Petrowskaja, Lena Gorelik, Olga Grjasnowa, Oleg Yuriev and Dmitrij Kapitelman. On the one hand, as immigrants from the Soviet Union and its successor states, they come from the same socio-cultural background, which differs significantly from that of the Jewish community in post-war Germany. On the other, in their postmigrant works, they process similar experiences in a very different way. Here, generational affiliation and gender roles play an important part.

(Osteuropa 9-11/2019, pp. 173–186)