Challenging the Assumption that Stockholm's Jews were Spatially Separated

Abstract

The 1964 publication of historian Hugo Valentin's revised Judarna i Sverige is a standard source on Jewish life in Sweden. In his work, Valentin describes the Jewish post-emancipatory community in Stockholm as fragmented, divided into two major groups: the established, integrated, German-descendant 'Swedish Jews', and the Eastern European, poor and orthodox group, known by contemporaries as 'Poles'. These two groups are hence after scholarly perceived to have inhabited two distinct areas of the Swedish capital: the economically and culturally integrated group living in the northern part of the city, and the traditional group living in the southern and western industrial suburbs. Using three case studies of individual, everyday movements through Stockholm, this article challenges the idea of two spatially separated groups within Stockholm's Jewish community.

Citation

Maja Hultman. 2016. A Trio of Case Studies Challenging the Assumption that the Jewish Community in Stockholm was Spatially Separated, 1933-1940s. Emergence 8, 53-66.