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Petra Wilhelmy-Dollinger

Petra Wilhelmy-Dollinger is a historian who has published widely on topics of cultural, literary, and political history with a special focus on women and literary salons in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She has taught history of pedagogy at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich since 1996 and is a council member of the Stiftung Mitteldeutscher Kulturrat, contributing regularly to the Mitteldeutsches Jahrbuch für Kultur und Geschichte (Yearbook for the Culture and History of Central Germany).

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Felicie Bernstein

Felicie Bernstein was one of the last Berlin salonnières, a patron of modern art and artists, and a philanthropist who supported early feminism.

Berlin Salons: Late Eighteenth to Early Twentieth Century

The Berlin salons that developed in the late eighteenth century owed both their existence and the form of their development to Jewish women. These salons have variously been criticized as a symptom of failing Jewish tradition or welcomed as a phenomenon of emancipation and acculturation. Regardless, their importance as highlights of the salon culture and for the process of women’s emancipation in Germany cannot be denied.

Fanny Baronin Von Arnstein

Fanny von Arnstein, who rose to the rank of baroness, navigated the artistic and political upheaval of the Napoleonic Era as a hostess of salons that welcomed celebrities, artists, musicians, and politicians. The respect she garnered fostered the growing acceptance of Jewish in Viennese high society. During the Napoleonic Wars, she aided the sick and wounded and advocated unsuccessfully for the equal rights of Jews at the Congress of Vienna.

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