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Germany’s Cultural Life Affected by Lack of Jews, Bonn Says

October 7, 1953
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Cultural life in Germany is now suffering as a result of the “removal of the Jewish element” from German culture by the Nazis, a study made public here today establishes. The study is published in Survey of German Affairs issued by press information department of the Federal Republic.

The study refers especially to the city of Frankfurt, which was one of the largest centers of Jewish population in pre-Hitler Germany. It points out that “only a fraction” of Frankfurt Jews has survived National Socialism, and only a few emigrants have returned,

“There is missing from this group of citizens creative artists, patrons of fine arts, scientists, a strong Jewish element among the audiences at theatres and concerts,” the Survey of German Affairs says. It has become only too evident how this efficient city–which has given new life to its historical activity–has been, generally speaking, ‘provincial’ in the intellectual sphere, despite many individual and splendid achievements. This fact should not be held against Frankfurt – it is an inescapable aspect of Germany’s fate. Comparable developments are evident in other large cities, especially Berlin,” the Government organ concludes.

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