The Assimilation and Dissimilation of a Buddhist Jew: Walter Tausk’s Contested Identities

  • Sebastian Musch
Part of the Palgrave Series in Asian German Studies book series (PSAGR)


This chapter comprises a microbiography of Walter Tausk, a German Jew from Breslau who adopted Buddhism as a religion after his experience as a soldier in the First World War. Using his published writings and unpublished diaries, the chapter follows the evolution of his stance toward Buddhism as well as toward Judaism and his Jewishness in the 1920s, his persecution as a Jew during the 1930s, until his death by the hands of the Nazi regime in 1941.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sebastian Musch
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  1. 1.Department of HistoryOsnabrück UniversityOsnabrückGermany

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