The significance of German Jews for the city and province of Groningen: Migration movements in the Eems-Dollard region 1740-1940

van der Poel, S., 2017, Believers in the Nation: European Religious Minorities in the Age of Nationalism (1815-1914). Dagnino, R. & Grazi, A. (eds.). Leuven, Paris, Bristol: Leuven University Press; Uitgeverij Peeters, p. 37-53 17 p. chapter 3

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To reach the city of Groningen from the nearby East Frisia and Emsland
areas, there was only one possible way via land: crossing the border from
Bunde to Nieuweschans and continuing through Winschoten to the city. This
route traversed extensive moorlands, which stretched into Germany. Apart
from geographical similarities, these Dutch and German border regions also
shared a common language and economic circumstances. For centuries this
region functioned as one territory, and many marriages took place between
families from opposite sides of the border, as attested by the identical names
on tombstones in the cemeteries.
This paper will focus on the Jewish communities of the socalled
Eems-Dollard Region. The city of Groningen lies close to the German border and far from Amsterdam: this determines the assumption that the presence and significance of German Jews must have been extensive. In this paper I will attempt to verify whether this assumption is correct.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBelievers in the Nation
Subtitle of host publicationEuropean Religious Minorities in the Age of Nationalism (1815-1914)
EditorsRoberto Dagnino, Alessandro Grazi
Place of PublicationLeuven, Paris, Bristol
PublisherLeuven University Press; Uitgeverij Peeters
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)978-90-429-3360-6
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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