Germany has “Rent-a-Jew’
Because of how few Jews there are in Germany, most have never met one.
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The service, as described by the German publication Deutsche Welle, isn’t exactly as weird as the name implies. It’s basically a seminar service: Some organization hires Rent-a-Jew to put together a presentation (DW observed one such presentation in a school). Then Rent-a-Jew sends over some, er, Jews — mostly young volunteers — who talk to the assembled students about what being Jewish is actually like.
Okay, so it’s still a little weird. But weird in a way that speaks to how Germany, decades after the Holocaust, is struggling to sort out how to interact with the country’s small — but rapidly growing — Jewish minority.
“A lot of people want to be more than just the regular Jewish stereotypes in Germany, reduced to victims,” Alexander Rasumny, one of the organizers behind Rent-a-Jew, tells me. “A lot of people want to be seen in their own right.”
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