Looking For Ghosts

Michael Goldfarb travels across Europe to learn about forgotten figures who were a critical part of Jewish emancipation.

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01Spinoza2009052520100510

He visits Amsterdam to discover more about the philosopher Benedict de Spinoza, whose views on tolerance and democracy made him an important part of Jewish history.

Michael Goldfarb visits Amsterdam to learn more about the philosopher Spinoza.

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 this first programme, he's in Amsterdam hunting for philosopher, Benedict de Spinoza whose views on tolerance and democracy made him an important part of Jewish history.

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Producer: Julia Hayball.

02Moses Mendelssohn2009052620100511

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 Berlin, he tells the story of philosopher Moses Mendelssohn who refused to convert to Christianity and did much to encourage Jews to hold on to their religion and identity.

His family went onto establish the Jewish women's salons where all classes and creeds could openly debate art, music, literature and politics.

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Producer Julia Hayball.

Michael Goldfarb travels to Berlin and retraces the steps of philosopher Moses Mendelssohn

He visits Berlin, from where he tells the story of the philosopher Moses Mendelssohn who, in the 18th century, refused to convert to Christianity and did much to encourage Jews to hold on to their religion and identity.

03Gabriel Riesser2009052720100512

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.

Michael Goldfarb learns about Gabriel Riesser, who was the first Jewish judge in Germany.

In Hamburg, Michael goes in search of Gabriel Riesser, a politician and lawyer who became the first Jewish judge in Germany, but who has been all but forgotten except for a graveside monument in his honour.

04Ludwig Boerne And Heinrich Heine2009052820100513

In one of Germany's oldest ghettos in Frankfurt, Michael finds out about two Jewish trailblazers - writers Ludwig Boerne and Heinrich Heine - whose critiques, poetry and prose inspired a literary movement.

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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 Frankfurt, Michael encounters two Jewish trailblazers, writers Ludwig Boerne and Heinrich Heine whose critiques, poetry and prose inspired a literary movement.

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Michael Goldfarb visits Frankfurt to learn about writers Ludwig Boerne and Heinrich Heine.

05 LASTVienna Holocaust Memorial2009052920100514

He visits Vienna where, in the early 20th century, Jews made up nearly half of the population; today they have virtually disappeared.

He sees Rachel Whiteread's Holocaust memorial, which pays tribute to these Austrian Jews, and also tells the story of poet Ludwig August Frankl.

Michael Goldfarb visits Rachel Whiteread's Holocaust memorial in Vienna.

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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 visits Vienna where in the early 20th century, Jews made up nearly half of the population but today they have virtually disappeared.

Rachel Whiteread's Holocaust memorial pays tribute to these Austrian Jews.

Michael also tells the ghost story of poet, Ludwig August Frankl.

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