By Anson Rabinbach
Analyzing the paintings of Benjamin and Bloch, he indicates their indebtedness to the traditions of Jewish messianism. In a dialogue of Hugo Ball's little-known Critique of the German Intelligentsia, Rabinbach unearths the curious highbrow occupation of the Dadaist and antiwar activist turned-nationalist and anti-Semite. His exam of Heidegger's "Letter on Humanism" and Jaspers's The query of German Guilt illuminates the complicated and infrequently vague political referents of those texts. Turning to Horkheimer and Adorno's Dialectic of Enlightenment, Rabinbach deals an arresting new interpretation of this principal textual content of the severe idea of the Frankfurt tuition. Subtly and persuasively argued, his booklet becomes an crucial reference aspect for all occupied with twentieth-century German historical past and thought.
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