Steven Aschheim

in Hannah Arendt in Jerusalem

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2001 | ISBN: 9780520220560
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520923669 | DOI:

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This introductory chapter examines the closely interrelated ways in which Hannah Arendt herself engaged and imagined Jerusalem — actually and metaphorically — in order to understand the history and nature of Arendt's reception in Jerusalem to date. This is done by placing Arendt within the relevant historical context. Like the figures she vividly brought to life — Rahel Varnhagen, Heinrich Heine, Franz Kafka, Hermann Broch, and many others — Hannah Arendt, her achievements and biases, her creativity and inner conflicts, must be seen as part of the quite extraordinary history of post-emancipation German–Jewish intellectuals and their wider engagement with the imperatives of German culture and its later great breakdown.

Keywords: Jerusalem; emancipation; German culture; German–Jewish intellectuals

Chapter.  6187 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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