This Day in Jewish History 1771: Famed German Salon Hostess, Deeply Conflicted About Her Judaism, Is Born

Rahel Levin often said her Jewish background - like her gender - was an obstacle to social integration, something imposed on her from birth that always stood in her way.

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May 19, 1771, is the birthdate of Rahel Varnhagen, the German Jewish writer and intellectual salon hostess who was friend and interlocutor to some of the most notable artists and thinkers of her day.