Despite facing ongoing anti-Semitism, journalist Henriette Katzenstein Fürth remained a passionate and vocal German patriot throughout her life. Fürth’s father denied her permission to study for her teaching credentials, since Jews couldn’t be hired as teachers, but after she married in 1880 and moved to Frankfurt, she studied social economics at the Free German Higher Institute. She began publishing articles on social criticism while raising eight children, eventually writing 200 articles and 30 monographs, earning both an income and a reputation for insightful journalism. In 1901 she and Bertha Pappenheim co-founded the Women’s Care Association, and Fürth was also active in advocating for maternity leave and preventing the persecution of gays and lesbians. During WWI she ran a soup kitchen with her daughters. She spoke out against those who claimed Jews were not doing their duty, saying that Jews had made great sacrifices and were an integral part of Germany—two of her own sons had been badly wounded at the front. From 1919–1924 she served on the Frankfurt municipal council, and in 1932 she was honored by the city of Frankfurt for her 70th anniversary. In the prevailing anti-Semitic environment of 1938, however, her death went unremarked, and two of her daughters later died in the Holocaust.
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