Cover

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TOC

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p. vii

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Acknowledgments

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p. ix

This volume is based upon the Gustave A. and Mamie W. Efroymson Memorial Lectures delivered at the Hebrew Union College– Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio, between October 10 and October 14, 1999. It is a pleasure to record my gratitude to Michael A. Meyer ...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-8

This book draws its inspiration from some remarkable documents penned by three extraordinary, and quite distinctive, German-Jewish thinkers: Gershom Scholem, Hannah Arendt, and Victor Klemperer. These essentially personal writings furnish us with chronicles that illuminate the formation, ...

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1 Gershom Scholem and the Creation of Jewish Self-Certitude

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pp. 9-40

Gershom Scholem, we need hardly be reminded, was arguably the greatest scholar and thinker of matters Jewish in the twentieth century. It was through his easy mastery of vast fields of knowledge, his ability to present the esoteric byways of Jewish history in a thoroughly accessible, modern—indeed, radical—idiom ...

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2 Hannah Arendt and the Complexities of Jewish Selfhood

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pp. 41-69

We sorely need, I think, a history of German-Jewish and non-Jewish friendships, of marriages and intimate relations, their successes and failures. This would provide a necessary corrective to the view of all German-Jewish history, in the light of its terrible conclusion, as a history of unremitting hostility and estrangement. ...

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3 Victor Klemperer and the Shock of Multiple Identities

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pp. 70-98

In 1968 Hannah Arendt published a study of exemplary lives under the self-explanatory title Men in Dark Times.1 Victor Klemperer does not figure there, although he would have been a most fitting subject. Arendt did not know, indeed it appears—somewhat strangely—did not even know of, Klemperer.2 ...

Notes

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pp. 99-130

Index

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pp. 131-134