Early Danish Zionism and the Ethnification of the Danish Jews

Maja Gildin Zuckerman*

*Corresponding author for this work

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From 1897 to 1914, a small group of Danish Zionists presented the Danish Jewish community with a variety of Zionist objectives. In contrast to existing research, I argue that this activism played an important role in the communal change that took place among the Danish Jews before the outbreak of WWI. I identify how the salience of East European immigrants in Copenhagen compelled the self-conceived “ethnically” Danish Jews to reconsider and alter their boundaries of groupness in a significantly different way that resonated with the framework of Jewish groupness invoked earlier by the Zionists.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Israeli History
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)157-179
Number of pages23
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Early Zionism
  • Ethnification
  • Danish Jews
  • Relief work

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