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Jewish Self-Hate

Theodor Lessing
Translated and annotated by Peter C. Appelbaum
Introduction by Sander L. Gilman
Afterword by Paul Reitter
Edited by Benton Arnovitz

202 pages,

ISBN  978-1-78920-986-0 $149.00/£110.00 Hb Not Yet Published (March 2021)

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The diagnosis of Jewish self-hatred has become almost a commonplace in contemporary cultural and political debates, but the concept’s origins are not widely appreciated. In its modern form, it received its earliest and fullest expression in Theodor Lessing’s 1930 book Der jüdische Selbsthaß. Written on the eve of Hitler’s ascent to power, Lessing’s hotly contested work has been variously read as a defense of the Weimar Republic, a platform for anti-Weimar sentiments, an attack on psychoanalysis, an inspirational personal guide, and a Zionist broadside. This new edition makes a seminal text in Jewish thought accessible to English readers for the first time.

Theodor Lessing was a German-Jewish philosopher. He taught at Hanover Technical College until right-wing student protests forced him to leave in 1926, after which he worked as an independent scholar and journalist. He was assassinated in 1933 by two National Socialists.

Peter Appelbaum is an Emeritus Professor of Pathology at Pennsylvania State University. His publications include Loyalty Betrayed: Jewish Chaplains in the German Army During the First World War (2014), Loyal Sons: Jews in the German Army during the First World War (2014), and, as translator and editor, Hell on Earth (2017) and Carnage and Care on the Eastern Front: The War Diaries of Bernhard Bardach (2018). He is the recipient of the TLS-Risa Domb/Porjes Prize for Hebrew-English Translation for 2019.

Subject: Jewish Studies
Area: Europe


Translator’s Preface
Peter C. Appelbaum

Sander L. Gilman


Chapter 1. Jewish Destiny in the East – History as Meaning – How to Apportion Blame
Chapter 2. Jewish Destiny in the West – The Class Struggle, Antisemitism and Zionism
Chapter 3. The Psychology and Pathology of Self-hate – The Logic and Morality of Self-Hate – Prophets and Psalmists
Chapter 4. The Impractical Dreamer – Six Symbolic Figures – Present Day Examples
Chapter 5. The Suffering of Self-hate – Its Three Paths – Healing


Paul Rée
Otto Weininger
Arthur Trebitsch
Max Steiner
Walter Calé
Maximilian Harden


Paul Reitter

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