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WASSERMANN, JAKOB (1873-1934).

Novelist. A writer of international repute, he strove all his life to reconcile his Jewishness with his love for German culture. Opposed both to assimilation and to Jewish nationalism, he sought to fuse the two cultures. Disillusionment with his quest was expressed in My Way as a German and a Jew, written in 1921. His stories often deal with Jewish characters; his chief works are The Jews of Zirndorf, Casper Hauser, The Gooseman, and The Maurizius Case.

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