THE JEWS AND GERMANY

FROM THE 'JUDEO-GERMAN SYMBIOSIS' TO THE MEMORY OF AUSCHWITZ

A derivative and unfocused account of ``the problems posed by Judeo-German culture as a whole'' from the Enlightenment to German reunification. Traverso, an Italian-born archivist at the Bibliothäque de documentation internationale contemporaine in Nanterre, originally published this book in France in 1992. It is a work best described as intellectual journalism, a genre that hovers between journalism and scholarship and that is almost nonexistent in the US. Alas, in this promising case the union fails: The book is too awkwardly written to pass as good journalism and insufficiently original to pass as a serious contribution to scholarship. The author's primary intent is to refute the notion of ``Judeo-German symbiosis,'' the theory that an authentic mutual interchange took place between Germans and German Jews such as Mendelssohn, Heine, Schnitzler, and Kafka. Traverso contends that the famous symbiosis never took place, that the supposed dialogue was a Jewish monologue within German culture. Few would argue the contrary. His assertion, then, serves as a framing device for his presentation of the important literature on the topic of German Jews and German anti-Semitism. He offers short profiles of major figures (Theodor Herzl, Bernard Lazare, Rosa Luxemburg, Hannah Arendt, Joseph Roth) and discussions of important moments in the history of German anti-Semitism, including the recent Historikerstreit (quarrel of the historians), in which some conservative intellectuals argued that Nazi genocide was a response to communist barbarism and hence neither so unique nor so morally repugnant as to require continuing German shame. He also considers what German reunification has meant for the Jewish question. This volume would be a good introduction to its subject were it not for tangled prose that obscures the author's points. Traverso's book, rich in information and potentially good journalism, snatches defeat from the jaws of victory. Its thesis is a paper tiger, and it relies exclusively on well-known published sources.

Pub Date: July 12, 1995

ISBN: 0-8032-4426-6

Page Count: 288

Publisher: Univ. of Nebraska

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 1995

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...

THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE

50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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IN MY PLACE

From the national correspondent for PBS's MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour: a moving memoir of her youth in the Deep South and her role in desegregating the Univ. of Georgia. The eldest daughter of an army chaplain, Hunter-Gault was born in what she calls the ``first of many places that I would call `my place' ''—the small village of Due West, tucked away in a remote little corner of South Carolina. While her father served in Korea, Hunter-Gault and her mother moved first to Covington, Georgia, and then to Atlanta. In ``L.A.'' (lovely Atlanta), surrounded by her loving family and a close-knit black community, the author enjoyed a happy childhood participating in activities at church and at school, where her intellectual and leadership abilities soon were noticed by both faculty and peers. In high school, Hunter-Gault found herself studying the ``comic-strip character Brenda Starr as I might have studied a journalism textbook, had there been one.'' Determined to be a journalist, she applied to several colleges—all outside of Georgia, for ``to discourage the possibility that a black student would even think of applying to one of those white schools, the state provided money for black students'' to study out of state. Accepted at Michigan's Wayne State, the author was encouraged by local civil-rights leaders to apply, along with another classmate, to the Univ. of Georgia as well. Her application became a test of changing racial attitudes, as well as of the growing strength of the civil-rights movement in the South, and Gault became a national figure as she braved an onslaught of hostilities and harassment to become the first black woman to attend the university. A remarkably generous, fair-minded account of overcoming some of the biggest, and most intractable, obstacles ever deployed by southern racists. (Photographs—not seen.)

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1992

ISBN: 0-374-17563-2

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1992

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