By Dagmar C. G. Lorenz
This quantity of specifically commissioned essays takes a clean examine the Viennese Jewish dramatist and prose author Arthur Schnitzler. Fascinatingly, Schnitzler's effective years spanned the ultimate part of the Habsburg monarchy, international battle I, the 1st Austrian Republic, and the increase of nationwide Socialism, and he learned ahead of lots of his contemporaries the risk that racist anti-Semitism posed to the then nearly entire assimilation of Austrian Jews. His writings additionally mirror the irresolvable clash among rising feminism and the relentless ''scientific'' discourse of misogyny, and he chronicles the cave in of conventional social buildings on the finish of the Habsburg monarchy and the struggles of the newly based republic. within the Nineteen Fifties Schnitzler's strong literary checklist assumed version personality for Viennese Jewish intellectuals born after the Shoah, and his portrayal of gender relatives and position expectancies and informal intercourse are got with a similar fascination this day as they have been through the audiences of his personal time. Schnitzler is still a big determine in modern ecu tradition, as his works are nonetheless broadly learn, played, and tailored -- witness Stanley Kubrick's edition of Schnitzler's Traumnovelle because the 1999 movie Eyes extensive close. during this quantity a group of foreign students explores Schnitzler's dramas and prose works from modern severe vantage issues, yet in the context of Austria's multicultural society at a time of exceptional swap. individuals: Gerd Schneider, Evelyn Deutsch-Schreiner, Elizabeth Loentz, Iris Bruce, Felix Tweraser, Elizabeth Ametsbichler, Hillary wish Herzog, Katherine Arens, John Neubauer, Imke Meyer, Susan C. Anderson, Eva Kuttenberg, and Matthias Konzett.Dagmar C. G. Lorenz is professor of German on the college of Illinois-Chicago.
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Right-wing groups used the trial to further their own agenda, which consisted mainly of attacking the Jews. Inflammatory statements against the Jews were common; for example: “Das verdanken wir diesem Judenpack! ” The antiSemitic invectives came not only from organized Nazi-groups, such as the Hakenkreuzler, but also from other right-wing associations that saw an opportunity during the trial to publicize their anti-Semitic bias. Repeatedly it was said that there had to be an end to Jewish influence in the public sphere, even to Jewish life in Germany: “Mit diesen Juden muß Schluß gemacht werden!
Yet, he recognized the factors that enabled men to become exploiters, and he exposed the fundamentally unjust gender and class structures of Habsburg Austria. Even Schnitzler as he emerges from letters and autobiographical works appears to have been a man far less able to enjoy his position of privilege than an uninformed but widespread image of the carefree, shallow bohemian implies. Schnitzler’s star image is incompatible with the documented experience of a man who suffered from bouts of depression and self- 20 E INTRODUCTION doubt, a man far less adroit at juggling his multiple affairs and coping with disappointment than his earlier writings would suggest.
Diese Bande . . dieser jüdische Direktor . . die Juden muß man alle ausräuchern . . dieses Gesindel . . ” Moreover, Reigen became a propaganda tool in order to attract people to the meetings of the National Socialists. The leaflet below, distributed by the Nazis in 1921, is interesting because it was directed to the workers and the proletariat. The place where the meeting was held was Haverlands Festsäle in the Neue Friedrichstraße, a section of Berlin located in a working-class neighborhood — the proletariat resided primarily in Berlin-Wedding.