Race Relations

Freud and his theories on the inheritance of Jewishness

By Vox Tablet|October 22, 2009 12:01 AM


  In Moses and Monotheism, Freud advanced his theory of what makes Jews Jewish and how they managed to survive thousands of years of anti-Semitic persecution: he believed that certain events were so traumatic that their memories were inherited by successive generations. As Eliza Slavet [1] argues in her new book, Racial Fever: Freud and the Jewish Question, this “racial theory of memory,” though bizarre, remains relevant to our understanding of the Jewish people.  Slavet spoke to Vox Tablet host Sara Ivry [2] about the famous shrink, identity, and the continuity of Jewishness.

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