Czech Pages

In the 1840s, a debate commenced the possible linguistic and cultural integration of the Jewish population into ethnic Czech society. Despite his German upbringing and Jewish faith, the poet and physician Siegfried Kapper claimed allegiance to Czech culture and language. Convinced that it was possible to preserve his Judaism and still be a fully-fledged Czech, he encountered resistance from Karel Havlíček, who accused him of hypocrisy. It was unacceptable for the young Czech nation that someone claim a dual identity.

Subject: Prague of the National Revival
Author: Kapper, Siegfried
Title: Czech Pages
Date: 1846
Place of publication: Prague
Publisher: Calveské knihkupectví
Origin: acquired in 1966
Licence: Free license

Other exhibits from the chapters Jewish writers of Prague a Židovští literáti_1

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