Peter C. Appelbaum

Jewish Self Hate - Theodor Lessing



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

202 pages, index

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

ISBN  978-1-78920-992-1
Paperback $34.95/£27.95  Not Yet Published (March 2021)

eISBN 978-1-78920-987-7
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Berghahn Books

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 the Technical University of Hanover 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.



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