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The foremost essays of Dan Diner are eventually amassed during this English variation. They mirror the author's trust that the Holocaust transcends conventional styles of ancient realizing and calls for an epistemologically unique method. you can now not think that actors as good as historians are working within the related conceptual universe, sharing the similar standards of rational discourse. this can be fairly precise of sufferers and perpetrators, whose reminiscence shapes the distortions of old narrative in methods frequently diametrically hostile.

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They lie in the experiential and sentimental world of a bygone epoch, a world that had been socially undermined before its final military breakdown. What led to the real crumbling of faded, romanticized notions of community and culture was capitalist social formation—above all in its crisis-ridden mode during the last third of the nineteenth century. In a country marked—according to Western standards—by delayed development, the process was experienced as an intellectual and cognitive shock. Reflecting this reaction, defiant metaphors of immutability opposed capitalism’s intangible reality: a reality that had torn apart and discarded the traditional social fabric, granting prerogative to the urban way of life over that of the countryside, to industrial over agricultural rhythms—in short, privileging abstract over concrete forms of social intercourse.

Until the actual execution of the Nazi policy of extermination, he shared the approach of those viewing a distinction between Ostjuden and Westjuden as a valid criterion for discrimination, with all its consequences. ” 37 As late as 1934, he wrote a memorandum that he hoped would lead to a moderation of Nazi anti-Jewish policies. ” 38 For those sharing Karl Haushofer’s weltanschauung, anti-Semitic themes and images attacking Anglo-Saxon culture stem from the same cognitive source: a postulated dichotomy between the abstract and concrete, maritime and continental, palpable and impalpable—between a conspiracy bent on world domination on the one hand, and a principle of upright openness on the other.

Although German geopolitics only gained public attention and political significance following the 1919 Versailles treaty—and hence possesses, quite unmistakably, the status of a revisionist ideology reacting to the Great War’s outcome—as a form of thought its social roots lie deeper. They lie in the experiential and sentimental world of a bygone epoch, a world that had been socially undermined before its final military breakdown. What led to the real crumbling of faded, romanticized notions of community and culture was capitalist social formation—above all in its crisis-ridden mode during the last third of the nineteenth century.

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