Galacia, Austria, Promises Civil Rights for Jews in Exchange for Assimilation

The government of Galicia, Austria, promises that the civil rights and liberties of Jews will improve - but only for those Jews who dress in traditional European style and can demonstrate a knowledge of either German or Polish. This is thus an offer of greater emancipation in exchange for greater assimilation.

Some Jews are happy to make the trade, wanting to assimilate anyway. Many traditional, orthodox Jews object and fear that assimilation will lead to the corruption of Judaism. Either way, the official attitude that Jews who assimilate are acceptable is an improvement over the rival attitude that Jews cannot assimilate because they are inherently foreign and alien.

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