Watch Lectures and Interviews—Jews of the German Countryside
• Although these lectures and interviews were done when Internet
research was only in its infancy, the information is still pertinent
since the documents in some town and most of the village archives are
not accessible by the Internet. I would suggest that you try the
Internet as your first step and then use the suggestions I give to
further your research.
• You will hear the story of the portraits at the opening of each
program or interview. After that introduction, the materials presented
are different for each event.
Discover a Lost Culture—Portraits of Our Past: Jews of the
German Countryside, 2002
In a slide presentation, Emily Rose
gives an overview of the life of the rural Jews in the 18th and
19th centuries. Rose interweaves the political and social events
with the experiences of her family to produce a lively
historical picture. Her personal journey is the underlying theme
of the lecture. Topics to be included:
• Jews as small-time dealers and peddlers. The special status of
• How a Jewish trader saved an imperial town from the plundering
wrath of Napoleon's army by his emergency financial bailout.
• Anti-Jewish economic and social events in the countryside,
including the 1819 Hep! Hep! Riots and the 1848 Baisingen Riots.
• Jewish emancipation efforts by the rural Jews.
• The changing local communities in the 1850s when Jews joined
the Christians on the village governing boards in Württemberg.
• A Jewish owner of a town's newspaper from the 1850s to 1934.
• Emigration from the south German lands in the 1850s.
• The first generation in America and the story of the founder
of the Berlitz School of Languages.
• Changes for the rural Jews after 1860s.
Connie Martinson Talks Books, 2002.
Courtesy of The Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate
author interview with Emily Rose.
Bilder aus Deutschland, Cultural
Television Program, 3Sat, ZDF-TV, 1999. Interview, NBC-2,
Southwest Florida, 1999.
Interview with Emily Rose on NBC affiliate
followed by a German television interview with Emily Rose and
tour of local Jewish sites.