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Old 06-12-2013, 03:15 PM   #26
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On the other side I could ask - what is a true German? - Not me -
The bigger question is...Is there any one "type" that is the true (insert tribe/race/nationality/etc.)?

My answer to that would be no. Identity can't be reduced to any one thing or type, it is more existential than that. No offense, but I would argue that you are a true German. Your experience as a German woman is no more or less valid or authentic than the people in Bavaria in their lederhosen or the poshest circles in Berlin.

I'm only partially observant, but woe betide the person who tells me I'm not truly Jewish because I eat pork and shellfish. From the ultra-orthodox Hasid in Jerusalem to the most secular, athiest Jewish lawyer in L.A. - we're all "true Jews."

I think that is true, no matter what the identity.
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