More German than the Germans

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The assimilated Jewish community in Germany, prior to World War II, is claimed by Wikipedia to have been described as "more German than the Germans". The assimilation of German Jews, following the Enlightenment, is stated to have been extensive. Many European Jews are stated to have regarded Germany as a particularly desirable place to live, in comparison to Eastern Europe, with more anti-Semitism, contributing to Jewish immigration to Germany.

Such assimilation was not necessarily something seen as positive by all Jewish groups, such as Orthodox Jews and Zionist Jews preferring that Jews should move to Palestine. Originally, the phrase was a "common sneer aimed at people" who had abandoned "the faith of their forefathers". The phrase is sometimes ascribed to the Zionist and first President of Israel Chaim Weizmann.

Also German National Socialists may not necessarily have viewed assimilation as something positive, as compared to Jews being segregated, such as was the case before the Enlightenment, for reasons such as possibly increasing Jewish influence.

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