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Karl Kraus

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780300236002

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300236002.001.0001

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Political Leadership and Artistic Transfiguration

Political Leadership and Artistic Transfiguration

(p.35) 5 Political Leadership and Artistic Transfiguration
The Third Walpurgis Night

Karl Kraus

Yale University Press

This chapter goes on to discuss the literary expression of the public mood, including such vehement outbursts as those against Jews for both staying and running away. It remarks that the gallows humour about “stringing 'em up” seems excessive. But words have no less right than deeds to be judged with a tolerant eye that distinguishes the storm and stress of a fledgling movement from its core values. In giving it the benefit of the doubt, one must not overlook its benefits. One should also acknowledge the stance of a leadership which has explicitly said time and again that it disapproves of the violations it has authorised.

Keywords:   political leadership, artistic transfiguration, literary expression, public mood, Jewish persecution

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