New PDF release: Beyond the Border: The German-Jewish Legacy Abroad

ISBN-10: 0691122237

ISBN-13: 9780691122236

The smooth German-Jewish adventure in the course of the upward push of Nazism in 1933 used to be characterised by means of an explosion of cultural and highbrow creativity. but good after that historical past has ended, the impact of Weimar German-Jewish intellectuals has turn into ever larger. Hannah Arendt, Gershom Scholem, Theodor Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Franz Rosenzweig, and Leo Strauss became family names and own a continuous resonance. Beyond the Border seeks to give an explanation for this phenomenon and learn how the German-Jewish legacy has continuingly permeated wider modes of Western idea and sensibility, and why those émigrés occupy an more and more iconic position in modern society.

Steven Aschheim lines the odyssey of a desirable workforce of German-speaking Zionists--among them Martin Buber and Hans Kohn--who famous the ethical dilemmas of Jewish cost in pre-Israel Palestine and sought a binationalist method to the Arab-Israel clash. He explores how German-Jewish émigré historians like Fritz Stern and George Mosse created a brand new form of cultural background written opposed to the heritage in their exile from Nazi Germany and in implicit pressure with postwar German social historians. and eventually, he examines the explanations at the back of the striking modern canonization of those Weimar intellectuals--from Arendt to Strauss--within Western educational and cultural life.

Beyond the Border is ready greater than the actual act of departure. It additionally issues to the pioneering methods those émigrés puzzled normative cognitive limitations and feature persisted to play an important position in addressing the predicaments that interact and perplex us today.

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