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Schlemiel & Society (Rahel Varnhagen Unhappy Jewess)

Finishing up preparations for a talk on Mendelssohn, I turned to Hannah Arendt’s Rahel Varnhagen: Life of a Jewish Woman). I think it was Lilliana Weissberg who pointed out the original subtitle was Life of A Jewess, but I may … Continue reading

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Arendt Conference — Wesleyan University

Alas, something’s missing here. The upcoming Arendt Eichmann in Jerusalem conference at Wesleyan promises to be nothing short of fabulous. It’s about as high powered a cocktail as it gets. I’m sorry, though, to see no Jewish Studies representation, and … Continue reading

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This is What Thinking Looks Like (Günter Gaus Interviews Hannah Arendt) (1964)

I just saw Barbara Sukowa play Hannah Arendt in Margarethe von Trotta’s film. (And no, Arendt’s ideas did not “change the world.”) Not terribly happy with the film, I went to look for the real deal and found this old … Continue reading

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HannahArendt GershomScholemKurtBlumenfeld Deathbed Mashup (Margarethe von Trotta)

Did you notice or why should anyone care? In the original exchange of letters with Gershom Scholem, another great German Jew, Arendt’s famously quipped with characteristic bite that she could never love a people, only her friends. The purpose was … Continue reading

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Thinking — The Banality of Evil – Hannah Arendt at the Movies

I’ll confess right from the start that I was disinclined to see the new movie by Margarethe von Trotta, starring Barbara Sukowa as Hannah Arendt. Not predisposed to either its subject and to the hagiography and apologetics surrounding her, I … Continue reading

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