Schlink’s novella depicts the failure of a German-Jewish dialogue through the private scenes of two lovers and explores the number of differences that a relationship can bear. The title, Die Beschneidung, on the one hand refers to the plot, since the German protagonist hopes to overcome his cultural differences with his Jewish-American girlfriend by converting to Judaism, which, for him, would involve circumcision. On the other hand, the literary text expounds the problem of circumcision on a metaphorical level by recounting how the protagonist ›cuts off‹ many topics, because he is afraid of being criticized for his thoughts by Jewish characters. As a victim of anti-German prejudices, he invokes several anti-Semitic stereotypes. This article explores how and if the novella sensitizes against such stereotypical thinking and thus subtly criticizes an anti-Semitic and revisionist discourse, or if, on the contrary, the text engrains itself in such a discourse.