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Rahel Levin Varnhagen

Rahel Levin Varnhagen

Varnhagen is remembered in Jewish history as one of a handful of Jewish women who ran intellectual salons in Central Europe, especially Berlin, beginning in the relatively liberal period before the defeat of Napoleon.

Berlin Salons: Late Eighteenth to Early Twentieth Century

The Berlin salons which developed in the late eighteenth century owed both their existence and the form of their development to Jewish women. These early salons were the result of a unique interrelation between the German enlightenment and [jwa_encyclopedia_glossary:325]Haskalah[/jwa_encyclopedia_glossary] on the one hand and, on the other, young, educated Jewish women from well-to-do families, who were searching for a new role in life outside the patriarchal structures of their families. These salons have variously been criticized as a symptom of failing Jewish tradition or welcomed as a phenomenon of emancipation and acculturation.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Rahel Levin Varnhagen." (Viewed on September 2, 2014) <http://jwa.org/taxonomy/term/15194>.

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