Video: Interreligious Marriages

Second panel of the workshop „Relationships Across Borders: Couples and Families in the Mobile Modern Age“ that took place at the German Historical Institute in Paris (DHI Paris) on December 10, 2015.

The panel featured:

The session was chaired by Pascal FIRGES (DHI Paris).

Dani Kranz: Foreign Europeans in a Post-Colonial Context: The Entanglement of Inclusion and Exclusion on Macro-, Meso-, and Micro Levels of non-Jewish, Foreign Spouses and Partners of Israeli Jews in Israel

Exogamous relationships tap into multiple tensions across various levels. On a micro level these can occur within the family and the direct social surrounding. On the meso level of the executive – that is the legalese applying level of bureaucracy – raw areas can find their expression in the habitus and praxis of case workers, who apply the laws of the macro level which define the legal structure marriage provisions, right to family reunion, access to residence or citizenship constitute legalised limits. Generally, these relationships trigger the expression of deeply held, though often unreflected attitudes across different structural levels of any society. In the course the reactions reveal interplays, and more so that macro-, meso- and micro levels are not independent of each other (Behar 1996; Marcus 1995). This paper will focus on foreign, non-Jewish partners and spouses of Israeli Jews to put flesh to this abstract argument, and to demonstrate in due course that the situation of these partners and spouses, who are Europeans in their majority (Kranz 2015), cannot be understood without filtering in the (colonial) history of Israel, Jewish (diaporic) history and the present situation of the Jewish diaspora as well as the geopolitical situation of Israel. Weiterlesen

Irene Messinger: Marriage of Convenience as a Way Into Exile – Unusual and Unequal Partner Relationship in Exile

Little is known about the phenomena of marriage of convenience during the Nazi era. These marriages allowed persecuted women to flee from the Third Reich to a country of exile, to ensure their stay there or to prevent deportation or internment, by marrying a foreign national for papers only. Often the marriages merely existed on paper, having been arranged within various networks, and they were occasionally paid for. The research has a notable gender component as only women could make such use of marriages of convenience since wives automatically assumed the nationality of their husbands through marriage, not vice versa. The regulation by nation-states regarding migration, naturalization and expatriation were obviously factors that influenced the agency of women fleeing the Nazi regime and had repercussions later in the lives of these unequal transnational couples in exile. Using the institution of marriage to subvert national regimes indicates that marrying was no private matter, especially when different nationalities were involved and one person could save the other by marrying. Weiterlesen