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Der Briefwechsel: Hannah Arendt, Gershom Scholem (The Correspondence: Hannah
Arendt, Gershom Scholem)

edited by Marie Luise Knott in collaboration with
David Heredia
Jüdischer Verlag im Suhrkamp Verlag, 695 pp., €39.95

“[Scholem] is so preoccupied that he has no eyes (and not only that: no ears). Basically, he believes: The midpoint of the world is Israel; the midpoint of Israel is Jerusalem; the midpoint of Jerusalem is the university and the midpoint of the university is Scholem. And the worst of it is that he really believes the world has a central point.”
—Hannah Arendt to Kurt Blumenfeld, January 9, 1957

“I knew Hannah Arendt when she was a socialist or half-communist and I knew her when she was a Zionist. I am astounded by her ability to pronounce upon movements in which she was once so deeply engaged, in terms of a distance measured in light years and from such sovereign heights.”
                                                                            —Gershom Scholem to Hans Paeschke, March 24, 1968

 

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About the Author

Steven E. Aschheim is Emeritus Professor of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the author of Scholem, Arendt , Klemperer: Intimate Chronicles in Turbulent Times (Indiana University Press) and Beyond the Border: The German-Jewish Legacy Abroad (Princeton University Press).

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