Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

A Jewish Communist in Weimar Germany: The Life of Werner Scholem (1895 – 1940)

Leiden: Brill, 2017. First English language edition. Octavo (9-1/2" x 6-1/4"). xiii, (1), 640pp. Index and 27 page bibliography. Text in English. Light orange boards lettered in white and black. Illustrated with 44 text photos. A fine, as new copy.

Walter Benjamin derided Werner Scholem as a ‘rogue’ in 1924. Josef Stalin referred him as a ‘splendid man’, but soon backtracked and labeled him an ‘imbecile’, while Ernst Thälmann, chairman of the Communist Party of Germany (KPD), warned his followers against the dangers of ‘Scholemism’. For the philosopher and historian Gershom Scholem, however, Werner was first and foremost his older brother. The life of German-Jewish Communist Werner Scholem (1895–1940) had many facets. Werner and Gerhard, later Gershom, rebelled together against their authoritarian father and the atmosphere of national chauvinism engulfing Germany during World War I. After inspiring his younger brother to take up the Zionist cause, Werner himself underwent a long personal journey before deciding to join the Communist struggle. Scholem climbed the party ladder and orchestrated the KPD's ‘Bolshevisation’ campaign, only to be expelled as one of Stalin's opponents in 1926. He was arrested in 1933, and ultimately murdered in the Buchenwald concentration camp seven years later. This first biography of Werner Scholem tells his life story by drawing on a wide range of original sources and archive material long hidden beyond the Iron Curtain of the Cold War era.

Contents: Adolescent years (1895-1914) -- World War and revolution (1914-18) -- A rebel at the editing desk, a rebel in parliament (1919-24) -- Communism: utopia and apparatus (1921-6) -- A reluctant defector: Werner Scholem as dissident (1926-8) -- Back to the lecture hall: family and university life in Berlin -- The triumph of barbarism (1933-40) -- Remembering Werner Scholem.

Volume 141 of the Brill, Historical Materialism Book Series (HM)

Note: This work was first published in German by UVK Verlagsgesellschaft as Werner Scholem - eine politische Biographie (1895-1940), Konstanz, 2014. Item #52154
ISBN: 9789004309524

Price: $175.00

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