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The Essay - Looking for Ghosts - Gabriel Riesser


Emancipation was an important part of Jewish history. Segregated for hundreds of years, Jews were integrated and assimilated into European society. But, because of the Holocaust, most of these ghosts have been forgotten, because the community that might have remembered them no longer exists. Michael Goldfarb travels through Europe in search of these ghosts. In Hamburg, Michael asks the question: Do you know who Gabriel Riesser is? This politician and lawyer who became the first Jewish judge in Germany, has been all but forgotten except for a graveside monument in his honour.