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ERIC Number: EJ1169250
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1085-4568
The Wandering Jew
Woolf, Michael
Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, v30 n1 p20-32 Win 2018
This essay examines the interaction between the myth of the Wandering Jew, diaspora history and the notion of cosmopolitanism. This is a paradoxical synthesis that points in several directions: towards the ideals embedded in international education; towards the roots of anti-Semitism; in the direction of the notion of cosmopolitanism as a crime against the nation (something that Hitler, Stalin and Henry Ford agreed upon). The figure of the Wandering Jew has roots in history and myth and is a presence in the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion." The figure wanders through history as an emblem of a cursed outcast, the possessor of arcane secrets, and a sophisticated global "flâneur." The essay explores Biblical, literary, and historical sources with further reference to memoirs including Edmund de Waal's "The Hare with Amber Eyes."
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Language: English
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