Petra Wilhelmy-Dollinger

Petra Wilhelmy-Dollinger, a historian, is a lecturer at Munich University. She received her Ph.D. from Muenster University (Westphalia) for her research on literary salons in Berlin (1780–1914). She is the author of several books and articles on literary salons and cultural history in Germany in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Her academic interests focus on historical aspects of women’s studies in central and western Europe.

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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 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 Jewish Enlightenment; European movement during the 1770sHaskalah 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.

Fanny Baronin Von Arnstein

Fanny von Arnstein, patroness of music, arts and literature, was the outstanding salonnière of her time in Vienna. The high esteem in which she was held contributed much to the growing acceptance of Jews in the high society circles of Vienna.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Petra Wilhelmy-Dollinger." (Viewed on October 19, 2019) <https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/author/wilhelmy-dollinger-petra>.

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