Repercussions of the 1848 German Revolution and the Jews (shorter video)
My 20 minutes talk: at RC Jerusalem, (Wednesday, January 4, 2023).
The 1848ers (“Forty-eighters”), typified by charismatic Gabriel Riesser and Theodor Olshausen, were a relatively small number of democratic revolutionaries, who emigrated from Europe in the late 1840s and early 1850s after fighting unsuccessfully with both pen and sword for liberty, democracy, and national unity. Many of the German Forty-eighters immigrated to the United States, with a large number from the present-day state of Schleswig-Holstein choosing Davenport & Scott County, Iowa as their adopted home. After settling in America, these unique and talented individuals provided an intellectual transfusion affecting not only their fellow German immigrants but also the political and social history of the United States during one of its most critical periods.
Gabriel Riesser, a Jewish lawyer from Hamburg, was sent as a representative to the democratic Paulskirchen Parliament in Frankfurt in 1848 by the Duchy of Lauenburg; and was the outstanding Vice President there with his brilliant speeches— i.e. 175 years ago! Beginning in 1836, his friend Theodor Olshausen published Riesser's excellent articles on the emancipation of the Jews in Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, and later in the Mississippi town of Davenport, Iowa.
You might get a first idea about our topic & speaker from a short video of “Deutsche Welle”, Germany’s International Broadcaster: https://tinyurl.com/5n8sj3ts
Bio of Dr. Joachim (Yogi) Reppmann: https://www.moin-moin.us/reppmann-cv