OF all the tragedies of the Holocaust, that of the German Jews has to have been the most intimate. Auschwitz didn't just demonstrate the ease with which their entire community could be reduced to household products; it turned their very identity into a contradiction in terms. It was the ultimate rebuff to what Walter Benjamin once called the German Jew's "unrequited love" for Germany.
This exquisitely personal sense of loss, in any case, is the explanation of choice for scholars struggling to understand how Hannah Arendt and Martin Heidegger -- the German Jewish debunker of totalitarianism and the Nazi philosopher -- who were lovers before the war, could have become friends again after.
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Please upgrade your browser. Site Navigation Site Mobile Navigation. Martin Heidegger, born in Messkirch, Germany, in ; died in Generally regarded as a founder of existentialism, he disliked the attribution. He was influenced by the phenomenology of Edmund Husserl. His major work is "Being and Time" His concern was with the problem of being; he investigated aspects of human existence and the individual's relationship to death; he attributed the difficulties of society to individuals' awareness of their own temporality.
He was a supporter of Hitler during the latter's early years in power, and as a result was banned from teaching after World War II. Latest Search Search. Clear this text input.
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