- Oct 2013
Would the same have also been true for Eastern European Jews, though? Would they have become Germanized (as per your second definition here)?
IMHO opinion, it depends mostly on the country.
Jews in Hungary integrated rather the Hungarian nation and culture, not the German one (tho Germans were extremely present, and since long in Hungary).
I am tempted to say that it would have followed the usual pattern: integrating the nation and culture of the State. Russia/Russian, Romania/Romanian, Bulgaria/Bulgarian, aso and keeping their own identity in parallel. I don't see a plausible reason to "germanize" in a non-German State. The closeness of Idish to German isn't a sufficient reason. Kletzmer music has nothing to do with German music, but a lot with Eastern music, for example. But didn't made Jews Hungarian, Romanian, Gypsies, did it?