Laboratory for World Destruction: Germans and Jews in Central Europe by Robert S. WistrichLaboratory for World Destruction: Germans and Jews in Central Europe by Robert S. Wistrich

Laboratory for World Destruction: Germans and Jews in Central Europe

byRobert S. Wistrich

Hardcover | May 1, 2007

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During the sixty years between the founding of Bismarck’s German Empire and Hitler’s rise to power, German-speaking Jews left a profound mark on Central Europe and on twentieth-century culture as a whole. How would the modern world look today without Einstein, Freud, or Marx? Without Mahler, Schoenberg, Wittgenstein, or Kafka? Without a whole galaxy of other outstanding Jewish scientists, poets, playwrights, composers, critics, historians, sociologists, psychoanalysts, jurists, and philosophers? How was it possible that this vibrant period in Central European cultural history collapsed into the horror and mass murder of the Nazi Holocaust? Was there some connection between the dazzling achievements of these Jews and the ferocity of the German backlash?
 
Robert S. Wistrich’s Laboratory for World Destruction is a bold and penetrating study of the fateful symbiosis between Germans and Jews in Central Europe, which culminated in the tragic denouement of the Holocaust. Wistrich shows that the seeds of the catastrophe were already sown in the Hapsburg Empire, which would become, in Karl Kraus’s words, “an experimental station in the destruction of the world.” Featured are incisive chapters on Freud, Herzl, Lueger, Kraus, Nordau, Nietzsche, and Hitler, along with a sweeping panorama of the golden age of Central European Jewry before the lights went out in Europe.
Robert S. Wistrich (1945–2015) was the Neuburger Professor of European and Jewish history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and director of the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism. He is the author of numerous books, including From Ambivalence to Betrayal: The Left, the Jews, and Israel (Nebraska, 2012)...
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Title:Laboratory for World Destruction: Germans and Jews in Central EuropeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:410 pages, 9.28 × 6.33 × 1.25 inPublished:May 1, 2007Publisher:UNP - NebraskaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0803211341

ISBN - 13:9780803211346

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Laboratory for World Destruction is a useful and thoughtful collection of essays about a range of political and cultural figures and their influence on the ‘Jewish Question’ in the Habsburg Empire. . . . Wistrich’s portraits are valuable for illuminating the special circumstances and obstacles to Jewish life in the Late Habsburg Empire.”—German Studies Review
- German Studies Review - 20080609