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Against The Grain : Jewish Intellectuals in Hard Times

By: Mendelsohn, Ezra.
Contributor(s): Hoffman, Stefani | Cohen, Richard I.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: New York : Berghahn Books, 2013Description: 1 online resource (320 p.).ISBN: 9781782380030.Subject(s): Aschheim, Steven E., -- 1942- -- Political and social views | Germany -- Ethnic relations | Germany -- Intellectual life -- 20th century | Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Influence | Intellectuals -- Political aspects -- Germany -- History -- 20th century | Jews -- Germany -- Intellectual life | Jews, East European -- Germany | Political culture -- Germany -- History -- 20th century | Strauss, Leo -- Political and social viewsGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Against The Grain : Jewish Intellectuals in Hard TimesDDC classification: 305.552089924043 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Contents; Acknowledgments; Editors' Note; Introduction; Part I. Strauss, Scholem, Arendt, Benjamin; 1. A Zionist Critique of Jewish Politics; 2. Leo Strauss Reading Karl Marx during the Cold War; 3. Gershom Scholem, Einst und Jetzt; 4. Death or Birth; 5. Fragments from a Correspondence (Walter Benjamin, Gershom Scholem); Part II. Political Positioning in Hard Times; 6. In Heidegger's Shadow; 7. Walther Rathenau's Dilemma; 8. "Nothing But a Disillusioned Love"?; 9. Historicism and the Event; Part III. Brothers and Strangers; 10. Asiatic Brothers, European Strangers
11. "Brothers and Strangers"12. "Man kann verjuden"; Part IV. In the Shadow of the Holocaust; 13. A "Usable Past" and the Crisis of European Jews; 14. Three Jewish Émigrés at Nuremberg; 15. The Frankfurt School and the "Jewish Question," 1940-1970; 16. Holocaust History and Survivor Testimony; Contributors; Selected Bibliography; Index
Summary: Highlighting the seminal role of German Jewish intellectuals and ideologues in forming and transforming the modern Jewish world, this volume analyzes the political roads taken by German Jewish thinkers; the impact of the Holocaust on the Central and East European Jewish intelligentsia; and the conundrum of modern Jewish identity. Several of German Jewry's most outstanding figures such as Scholem, Strauss, and Kohn are discussed. Inspired by Steven E. Aschheim's work, several contributors focus on the fraught relationship between German and East European Jews (the so-called Ostjuden
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Contents; Acknowledgments; Editors' Note; Introduction; Part I. Strauss, Scholem, Arendt, Benjamin; 1. A Zionist Critique of Jewish Politics; 2. Leo Strauss Reading Karl Marx during the Cold War; 3. Gershom Scholem, Einst und Jetzt; 4. Death or Birth; 5. Fragments from a Correspondence (Walter Benjamin, Gershom Scholem); Part II. Political Positioning in Hard Times; 6. In Heidegger's Shadow; 7. Walther Rathenau's Dilemma; 8. "Nothing But a Disillusioned Love"?; 9. Historicism and the Event; Part III. Brothers and Strangers; 10. Asiatic Brothers, European Strangers

11. "Brothers and Strangers"12. "Man kann verjuden"; Part IV. In the Shadow of the Holocaust; 13. A "Usable Past" and the Crisis of European Jews; 14. Three Jewish Émigrés at Nuremberg; 15. The Frankfurt School and the "Jewish Question," 1940-1970; 16. Holocaust History and Survivor Testimony; Contributors; Selected Bibliography; Index

Highlighting the seminal role of German Jewish intellectuals and ideologues in forming and transforming the modern Jewish world, this volume analyzes the political roads taken by German Jewish thinkers; the impact of the Holocaust on the Central and East European Jewish intelligentsia; and the conundrum of modern Jewish identity. Several of German Jewry's most outstanding figures such as Scholem, Strauss, and Kohn are discussed. Inspired by Steven E. Aschheim's work, several contributors focus on the fraught relationship between German and East European Jews (the so-called Ostjuden

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In this tribute to historian Steven Aschheim, 16 scholars explore the intellectual contributions of 19th-20th-century Jewish scholars. Leo Strauss and Gershom Scholem dominate the opening chapters. Jewish identity issues united and divided behind Zionism, cultural integration, and more abstract approaches to ethical questions, such as those aired by Emmanuel Levinas. In the final chapters, the Holocaust's pivotal place in the Jewish consciousness becomes the tool for interpreting the contributions of Jewish intellectuals, whether as scholars, legal advisers at Nuremberg, or survivors. Loosely following Aschheim, these brief and largely biographical sketches share a common vision of Jewish intellectuals as sociocultural outsiders struggling to understand the tumultuous challenges of being Jewish in modern society. In his own work, Aschheim helped detach Nietzsche from Nazism, though Nazism held tight to Nietzsche's legacy. Escaping simple labels, Aschheim remains close to his mentor, George Mosse. Consequently, these authors are also inclined to look beyond first appearances for the plethora of pieces that help profile the past. On a more critical note, Aschheim's influence disappears in these articles, whether penned by new or established scholars. Authors appear more interested in their own subjects than in critiquing Aschheim. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, faculty. D. A. Meier Dickinson State University

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<p>Richard I. Cohen holds the Paulette and Claude Kelman Chair in French Jewry Studies at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has recently edited Visualizing and Exhibiting Jewish Space and History (vol. 26 of Studies in Contemporary Jewry, 2012).</p>

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