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Reading Heidegger's Black Notebooks 1931-1941$
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Ingo Farin and Jeff Malpas

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034012

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034012.001.0001

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Heidegger and the Shoah

Heidegger and the Shoah

(p.169) 11 Heidegger and the Shoah
Reading Heidegger's Black Notebooks 1931-1941

Peter Trawny

The MIT Press

This chapter argues that in the Black Notebooks Heidegger assigns Jews or Jewishness a specific and essential ontohistorical role in the history of being and world history. It is argued that Heidegger, in a fashion reminiscent of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, attributes to Jews a world conspiracy, in the course of which Germany is dragged into a planetary war, where Germany sacrifices her soldiers in a war against other nations, while World Jewry, as the enemy of Germany, remains elusive and keeps out of actual warfare. Moreover, it is shown that within the ideologically recast ontological difference, Heidegger assigns Jews the role of uprooting beings from being, ultimately issuing in the self-annihilation of Jewry. It is further argued that despite his ontohistorical interest in Jews Heidegger passes over in silence the real persecution and annihilation of the Jews in the Shoah, demonstrating Heidegger’s refusal to accept the unconditional moral meaning of the Shoah.

Keywords:   ontohistorical, Jewish conspiracy, Protocols of the Elders of Zion, self-annihilation of Jewry, Shoah, ontological difference

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