Wandering Jews or Jewish Migrants? The Scholarship about Jewish Migrations and the Origins of Migration Studies
Tobias Brinkmann uses two books published in 1948 by Jewish émigré scholars in New York, both of whom had escaped Nazi persecution at a great personal cost, to explore the ongoing debate about the nature of Jewish migration. Were these movements distinctively driven by a continual history of persecution and violence, embodied in the image of the wandering Jew? Or did they substantially resemble the migrations of other ethnic groups? These questions provide an intriguing perspective on the origins of refugee and migration studies and the rise of the ethnic paradigm in American Jewish history.