The Frankfurt School and Antisemitism

Authored by: Jack Jacobs

The Routledge Companion to the Frankfurt School

Print publication date:  November  2018
Online publication date:  November  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138333246
eBook ISBN: 9780429443374
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780429443374-13

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Abstract

The Frankfurt School did not devote sustained attention to antisemitism in the years of the Weimar Republic. During the Nazi era, on the other hand, antisemitism became a significant theme in the work of the Critical Theorists, most notably in “Elements of Antisemitism,” in which Horkheimer and Adorno famously offered a multifaceted explanation of the phenomenon, exploring its religious, economic, psychological, and political roots. These two theorists remained interested in and deeply concerned about antisemitism in the decades after the Second World War, as is evident in, for example, a major project on the psychological legacies of Nazism among Germans, a piece by Adorno on combatting antisemitism written in the early 1960s, and a piece by Horkheimer on German Jews produced in that same period.

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