Nothing and the Jews
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This chapter discusses the everyday acts of resistance that were seen as an expression by the Jewish actors and clearly perceived as hostile and subversive by the Christian majority group once they learned about them. It explores some light on Jewish agency, highlighting some of the creative solutions adopted by Jews in response to an overwhelmingly non-Jewish space. The chapter examines how early modern Jews in German lands navigated public space in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries and responded to visual and material representations of Christianity. It addresses issue of tension and antipathy to avoid a distorted view of Jewish history in which Jews are only seen as passive and hapless victims of Christian aggression who did not seek or possess ways to express their feelings. This chapter describes some of the strategy that early modern Jews in German lands developed to avoid exposure to Christian symbols without openly showing hostility towards offensive Christian images.