This article deals with Shakespeare’s reception among German Jewish
youth in the early twentieth century. The Jewish youth movements
played an appreciable role in Jewish education and culture. The various
Jewish youth movements reflected the German Jewish society of the
time. Despite the influence of the German youth movement, the young
people developed their own German Jewish Bildung canon. Many young
Jews in Germany perceived Bildung as an ideal tool for full assimilation.
Bildung placed an emphasis on the Jewish youth as an individual, and so
served as an ideal tool for full assimilation. My thesis is that by means of
the youth movement, German Jewish youth could develop new interpretations
of identity, through the creation of a European Bildung ideal,
which includes an awareness of the significance of Shakespeare.