170 | Book Reviews voRkäMPfeRinnen und MüTTeR des zionisMus: die deuTsch-zionisTischen fRauenoRganisaTionen (18971938), by Tamara Or. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Verlag, 2009. 276 pp. The aim of this book, which is based on a dissertation from 2008 submitted to Humboldt University, is to reconstruct the history of the Zionist Women's organizations in Germany from 1900 to 1938. In contrast to previous studies, Or argues that women played an important role in the German Zionist Movement and that their voice was heard in public. In analyzing the context in which these organizations came into being and their activities and self-image, Or's main thesis is that nationalism was used as a strategy in the process of emancipation for these women. In nine chapters covering a period of 40 years Or reconstructs the history of various women's organizations. Although formally women had already received voting rights at the first Zionist congress, in practice the vote did not pave their way to equal political participation within the World Zionist Organization and the German Zionist Organization. Their marginalization had already led to the establishment of a separate women's organization in 1900, the Association of Jewish National women (JNF Jüdisch-Nationalen Frauenvereinigungen), which aimed
Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies – Purdue University Press
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