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Released and allotted for the Vidal Sassoon overseas heart for the examine of Antisemitism During the sixty years among the founding of Bismarck’s German Empire and Hitler’s upward push to energy, German-speaking Jews left a profound mark on crucial Europe and on twentieth-century tradition as an entire. How may the trendy global glance at the present time with no Einstein, Freud, or Marx? with out Mahler, Schoenberg, Wittgenstein, or Kafka? and not using a entire galaxy of different extraordinary Jewish scientists, poets, playwrights, composers, critics, historians, sociologists, psychoanalysts, jurists, and philosophers? How used to be it attainable that this bright interval in critical eu cultural historical past collapsed into the horror and mass homicide of the Nazi Holocaust? was once there a few connection among the brilliant achievements of those Jews and the ferocity of the German backlash? Robert S. Wistrich’s Laboratory for international Destruction is a daring and penetrating examine of the fateful symbiosis among Germans and Jews in principal Europe, which culminated within the tragic denouement of the Holocaust. Wistrich exhibits that the seeds of the disaster have been already sown within the Hapsburg Empire, which might turn into, in Karl Kraus’s phrases, “an experimental station within the destruction of the world.” Featured are incisive chapters on Freud, Herzl, Lueger, Kraus, Nordau, Nietzsche, and Hitler, besides a sweeping landscape of the golden age of vital ecu Jewry earlier than the lighting went out in Europe. (20071204)

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61 24 Robert S. Wistrich The Nazi book burners were not only persecuting Jews but mocking Christianity, Western culture, and the foundations of morality established by Mosaic law. If the books of Jewish or supposed Jewish authors are burned, what is really set fire to is the Book of Books: the Bible. 62 Roth’s lament, written from Paris in September-November 1933, climaxed in a poignant, though tragic confession, which echoes through much of this book: We have written for Germany, we have died for Germany.

2001) on the cultural background. 34. Sigmund Freud to Oskar Pfister, 9 Oct. 1918, in Briefe 1909-1939, ed. by Ernst L. M. 1963), 64. 35. See my remarks in the opening chapter “The Devil, the Jews, and Hatred of the ‘Other,’” in Demonizing the Other. Antisemitism, Racism and Xenophobia, ed. by Robert S. Wistrich (Amsterdam 1999), 2-15. 36. Sigmund Freud and Arnold Zweig, Briefwechsel, ed. by Ernst L. M. 1968), 51 ff. 37. Joseph Roth, Das journalistische Werk, ed. by Klaus Westermann, 3 vols. (Cologne 1990), 2: 834.

With his characteristically mordant Central European wit, Roth observed: At a time when His Holiness, the infallible Pope of Christendom, is concluding a peace agreement, a Concordat, with the enemies of Christ, when the Protestants are establishing a “German Church” and Introduction: Jews and Antisemitism in Central European Culture 23 Joseph Roth (1894-1939) died of alcoholism and despair in Parisian exile. Austrian National Library censoring the Bible, we descendants of the old Jews, the forefathers of European culture, are the only legitimate German representatives of that culture.

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