Filosemitisme i den litterære jødefejde

Tobias Midtgaard, Markus Dithmer Sletten, Ariel Storm Lokzinsky, Sarah Liv Hernø-Toftild, Julie Vitcetz Kjær & Johan Alexander Kjær Christensen

Student thesis: Termpaper


The following study examines and analyses the philosemitic arguments in the debate about Jewish emancipation, which took place during the summer of 1813. The study focuses on the influx of the Enlightenment’s new thoughts and ideas of human rights. The Literary Jewish Feud of 1813 (den litterære jødefejde) was initiated by the translation of the theologian Friedrich Buchholz’ antisemitic text Moses und Jesus (Moses and Jesus) by the theologian and poet Thomas Thaarup into Danish in 1813. As a result of this translation many Danish intellectuals reacted by writing philosemitic arguments for the emancipation of the Danish Jews. In this study the philosemitic arguments by these authors will be analysed, later to be discussed. The study will try to understand the feud as a manifestation of the dialectical interaction between ideas from the Enlightenment and the Romantic era. The study will furthermore explore the concept of Dohm’s Verbesserung, and how its conceptual complexity can be seen and interpreted in the feud. The study will conclude that philosemitism is a nuanced concept and can often be found with traces of antisemitism.

EducationsHistory, (Bachelor/Graduate Programme) Undergraduate or graduate
Publication date27 May 2015
SupervisorsJakob Egholm Feldt


  • Dohm
  • Semitisk diskurs
  • Filosemitisme
  • Litterær jødefejde