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The correspondence of Hannah Arendt and Gershom Scholem

Author: Hannah Arendt; Gershom Scholem; Marie Luise Knott; Anthony David
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Few people thought as deeply or incisively about Germany, Jewish identity, and the Holocaust as Hannah Arendt and Gershom Scholem. And, as this landmark volume reveals, much of that thinking was developed in dialogue, through more than two decades of correspondence. Arendt and Scholem met in 1932 in Berlin and quickly bonded over their mutual admiration for and friendship with Walter Benjamin. They began exchanging  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Personal correspondence
Correspondence
Named Person: Hannah Arendt; Gershom Scholem; Hannah Arendt; Gershom Scholem
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hannah Arendt; Gershom Scholem; Marie Luise Knott; Anthony David
ISBN: 9780226924519 0226924513
OCLC Number: 975860511
Language Note: Translated from the German.
Notes: Translated from the German.
Description: xxvi, 352 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: "Why have we been spared?" / Marie Luise Knott --
Part one. The letters --
Part two. Documents ; Document one: Field report no. 12; Document two: field report no. 15; Document three: Field report no. 16; Document four: Field report no. 18; Document Five: final report to the JCR Commission.
Other Titles: Correspondence.
Responsibility: edited by Marie Luise Knott ; translated by Anthony David.

Abstract:

"Few people thought as deeply or incisively about Germany, Jewish identity, and the Holocaust as Hannah Arendt and Gershom Scholem. And, as this landmark volume reveals, much of that thinking was developed in dialogue, through more than two decades of correspondence. Arendt and Scholem met in 1932 in Berlin and quickly bonded over their mutual admiration for and friendship with Walter Benjamin. They began exchanging letters in 1939, and their lively correspondence continued until 1963, when Scholem's vehement disagreement with Arendt's Eichmann in Jerusalem led to a rupture that would last until Arendt's death a dozen years later. The years of their friendship, however, yielded a remarkably rich bounty of letters: together, they try to come to terms with being both German and Jewish, the place and legacy of Germany before and after the Holocaust, the question of what it means to be Jewish in a post-Holocaust world, and more. Walter Benjamin is a constant presence, as his life and tragic death are emblematic of the very questions that preoccupied the pair. Like any collection of letters, however, the book also has its share of lighter moments: accounts of travels, gossipy dinner parties, and the quotidian details that make up life even in the shadow of war and loss. In a world that continues to struggle with questions of nationalism, identity, and difference, Arendt and Scholem remain crucial thinkers. This volume offers us a way to see them, and the development of their thought, anew."--Publisher's description.

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