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Judenthum: ein Aufruf an die Zeit
[Only Ed.] Emil Cohn
Verlegt bei Georg Müller
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Only edition. 251,  pp., 227:159 mm., wide margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in the original half cloth boards, rubbed.
Emil Cohn, (1881-1948), who later changed his name to Emil Ludwig, wrote this work on Judaism and Jewish civilization. The son of Hermann Cohn, a famous ophthalmologist, Ludwig was born in Breslau. After 1907 he spent most of his life in Switzerland. He began his literary career as a playwright and novelist, but became internationally popular through his colorful biographies, which were translated into many languages. His vast output included Goethe (3 vols., 1920), Napoleon (1925), Bismarck, and Wilhelm II (1926), Lincoln, and Michelangelo (1930), Hindenburg (1935), Cleopatra (1937), Roosevelt (1938), Simon Bolivar (1939), and Stalin (1945). He also wrote shorter essays on Rembrandt, Beethoven, and Balzac, and character studies of three eminent German Jews, Sigmund Freud, Ferdinand Lassalle, and Walther Rathenau. Like Lytton Strachey in England and André Maurois in France, Ludwig regarded a biography as a work of art. He did not pretend to compete with the scholars on whose research he based his presentation of historical figures and his personal views often cast doubt on the objective truth of his writing. Nevertheless, he always showed keen insight into the personalities of his subjects and into the historical and social conditions in which they lived, and his work was distinguished by a dynamic literary style. Among Ludwig's other books were one on Jesus, Der Menschensohn (1928), Drei Diktatoren (1939), and a study of the abdication of King Edward VIII (1939). He also wrote some geographical books, including Der Nil (1935, "The Nile," 1936), and Am Mittelmeer (1923, On Mediterranean Shores, 1929). Ludwig was baptized in 1902, but 20 years later, after the assassination of Walter Rathenau, he publicly renounced Christianity.
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