By Robert S. Wistrich
Released and allotted for the Vidal Sassoon foreign heart for the learn of Antisemitism During the sixty years among the founding of Bismarck’s German Empire and Hitler’s upward push to strength, German-speaking Jews left a profound mark on important Europe and on twentieth-century tradition as an entire. How may the trendy international glance this day with no Einstein, Freud, or Marx? with no Mahler, Schoenberg, Wittgenstein, or Kafka? and not using a entire galaxy of different remarkable Jewish scientists, poets, playwrights, composers, critics, historians, sociologists, psychoanalysts, jurists, and philosophers? How was once it attainable that this vivid interval in valuable eu cultural background collapsed into the horror and mass homicide of the Nazi Holocaust? used to be there a few connection among the amazing achievements of those Jews and the ferocity of the German backlash? Robert S. Wistrich’s Laboratory for global Destruction is a daring and penetrating research of the fateful symbiosis among Germans and Jews in imperative 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 critical ecu Jewry prior to the lighting fixtures went out in Europe. (20071204)
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Ibid. Roth’s distaste for cultural modernism showed some similarities with that of Karl Kraus. 61. , 212. 62. , 212-13. ” 63. , 217. P ART I Into the Crossfire CHAPTER 1 The Ethnic Cauldron of the Habsburg Empire Few areas of the world during the past 150 years have been so shaped by Jewish influences as the former Habsburg lands of East Central Europe. 1 It was this small nation par excellence which provided a quintessentially European color, tone, and vitality to great cities like Berlin, Vienna, Prague, Budapest, not to mention Krakow, Lemberg, and Czernowitz to the east.
In Hungary, on the other hand, Jews ever since the middle of the 19th century had linked their fate to the ethnic Magyars. Like the Austro-Germans, the Magyars numbered about 10 million and by 1910 they represented just over half of the total population in Greater Hungary. 9 million Serbs. Jews gravitated into the Austro-German and Hungarian orbits primarily because these were the two dominant nationalities in the Habsburg Empire. Germans and Magyars had simultaneously emancipated the Jews during the heyday of the Liberal era in 1867.
46 In this unbending opposition to “Jewish uniqueness,” Diamand reflected the views of the Social Democratic leaders in Vienna. 47 On the eve of World War I, antisemitism was also becoming a more potent force in Galicia. Not only did Jews have to face exclusionary economic measures and the age-old stereotypes that still flourished among the Polish peasants and the Schlachta; Not only was the traditional anti-Judaism of the Catholic Church still potent, but now the integral nationalism of a new movement—that of the National Democrats—began to poison Polish-Jewish relations.
Laboratory for World Destruction: Germans and Jews in Central Europe (Studies in Antisemitism) by Robert S. Wistrich