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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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Prophets of Doom and the Triumph of Aryan Teutonism

Prophets of Doom and the Triumph of Aryan Teutonism

(p.226) 29 Prophets of Doom and the Triumph of Aryan Teutonism
The Third Walpurgis Night

Karl Kraus

Yale University Press

This chapter returns to the witch imagery from Faust and Macbeth in exploring Nazi Germany's atrocities against the Jews. It reflects on how the German language—the author's language—was led astray by the hypocritical urgings of a mischievous will o' the wisp; stumbling over roots and snags even more treacherous than the linguistic minefield of the World War. Posing such questions is to query in the same breath the moral justification of questioning the Nazi seizure of power, an event of elemental force whose workings provide a link between the press and Kraus's bias against it. Moral justification would come not only from the desire to reject this link. The author goes about this with a greater degree of responsibility and with insight into the connection between both evils.

Keywords:   Aryan Teutonism, Nazi Germany, German language, Nazi power, moral justification, Faust, Macbeth, Walpurgisnacht, National Socialism

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