“The Jewish Stock-Jobber as Übermensch” or: Anton Kuh’s Anamnesis of Jewish Modernity and Its Reception in Prague Cover Image

„Der Börsejud als Übermensch“ oder Anton Kuhs Anamnese der jüdischen Moderne und deren Rezeption in Prag
“The Jewish Stock-Jobber as Übermensch” or: Anton Kuh’s Anamnesis of Jewish Modernity and Its Reception in Prague

Author(s): Walter Schübler
Subject(s): 19th Century
Published by: Nakladatelství Lidové noviny
Keywords: Jewish Stock-Jobber ; Übermensch; Anton Kuh’s ; Jewish Modernity; Prague

Summary/Abstract: In his essay “Juden und Deutsche” (Jews and Germans, 1921), which caused a sensation, Anton Kuh (1890–1941) conceptualizes a third model of Jewish identity to counter the formulaic alternative of Jewish modernity, i.e. assimilation or Zionism. In this model he reframes the extraterritoriality of the diaspora into a cosmopolitan mission. Two of his impromptu speeches, in which he presents his provocative theses, cause a sensation in Prague society; and Max Brod uses the occasion to champion the “creative thinker” Anton Kuh, while Felix Weltsch attests to the “malicious exploring eye” of Kuh’s “astonishing unveilings.”

  • Issue Year: 23/2015
  • Issue No: 01+02
  • Page Range: 053-064
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: German