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Hannah Arendt and Yiddish

“German Jewry, like Western European Jewry in general, never understood that the simple person is the true center of politics in all democratically governed countries. And this is also the reason why German Jews often do not understand the just national aspirations of the Jewish people [folk]. Most do not know at all what a…Read more Hannah Arendt and Yiddish Posted on 18 February 2013 | 11:57 am

See You Again

“To my dear Hannah, In these years our friendship has stood the test. In this relationship we no longer need to have any worries. Goodbye, Your Kurt. New York, April 30th 1945.”  “Meiner lieben Hannah,” reads a handwritten inscription in a copy of Franz Kafka’s Der Prozess (The Trial), gifted from publisher Kurt Wolff to…Read more See You Again Posted on 7 January 2013 | 11:38 am

Barbara Hahn Lectures on Rahel Levin Varnhagen

Last week, Barbara Hahn, Distinguished Professor of German at Vanderbilt University and editor-in-chief of the works of the eminent German-Jewish intellectual Rahel Levin Varnhagen, spoke about Varnhagen’s unpublished opus magnum “Rahel: A Book of Commemoration For Her Friends” at Bard College. How did this work make its way from the early 19th century to our time? What challenges are…Read more Barbara Hahn Lectures on Rahel Levin Varnhagen Posted on 16 October 2012 | 1:37 pm