Goethe in German-Jewish Culture
The success of Daniel Goldhagen's Hitler's Willing Executioners(1997) and the heated debates that followed its publication exposed once again Germany's long tradition of anti-Semitism as a major cause of the Holocaust. Goldhagen, like many before him, drew a direct and irresistible line from Luther's pamphlets against the Jews to Hitler's attempted annihilation of European Jewry. This collection of new essays examines the thesis of a universal anti-Semitism in Germany by focussing on its greatest author, Goethe, and seeing to what extent some scholars are justified in accusing him of anti-Semitism. It places the reception of Goethe's works in a broader historical context: his relationship to Judaism and the Jews; the reception of his works by the Jewish elite in Germany, the reception of the 'Goethe cult' by Jewish scholars; and the Jewish contribution to Goethe scholarship. The last section of the volume treats the Jewish contribution to Goethe's fame and to Goethe philology since the 19th century, and the exodus of many Jewish authors and scholars after 1933, when they took their beloved Goethe into exile. When a few of them returned to Germany after 1945, it was to a country that had lost Goethe's most devoted audience, the German Jews. KLAUS L. BERGHAHN and JOST HERMAND are professors of German at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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Abraham Geiger academic Adorno aesthetic Albert Bielschowsky Alewyn American Germanics anti-Semitism assimilation attitude become Benjamin Berlin Bielschowsky biography Brinckmann Christian Christoph Konig Classicism concept of Bildung criticism deutsche deutschen Dichtung dream Enlightenment essay exile Faust Frankfurt Frankfurt/Main Freud Friedrich Gundolf George German culture German Jews German literature German-Jewish Germanistik Germanists Geschichte ghetto Goethe Goethe's Goethe's political Goethean Hehn Heine's Heinrich Heine human Ibid idea ideal identity interpretation Iphigenie Jahrbuch Jewish emancipation Jewish intellectuals Jiidische Jost Hermand Judaism Juden Julius Petersen Karl language Leben letter literary Ludwig Geiger Mann Mendelssohn Monatshefte Moses Moses Mendelssohn Mosse Munich Nazi Oskar Oskar Seidlin passage philology poet position professor Rahel Levin relationship Schiller Schmidt scholars Seidlin Simmel social spirit Suhrkamp Thomas Mann tion tradition University University of Wisconsin-Madison Varnhagen vols Vordtriede Weimar Werke Wilfried Barner Wilhelm Meister Wolfgang writes wrote York young