Nationalism (1921)

  • Asher D. Biemann


I am addressing you at a very troubled moment in this Congress and do not know how much attention you will be able to give me at this point.1 Nevertheless, I have decided not to postpone what I have to say. A consciousness of my responsibility urges me to speak before the confusion increases. What I am going to deal with is the unambiguous demarcation of a kind of nationalism, a degenerate kind, which of late has begun to spread even in Judaism.


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  1. 2.
    Jakob Burckhardt (1818–1897), Swiss cultural historian and pioneering scholar of the Italian Renaissance. Buber took issue with this statement about forty years later in a brief essay devoted to the Swiss historian Carl Burckhardt (1891–1974), “Zu zwei Burckhardt Worten” (“On Two Burckhardt Sayings,” Maurice Friedman, trans., A Believing Humanism: My Testament 1902–1965 [New York: Simon & Schuster, 1967], pp. 181–82). See also Carl Burckhardt’s letter to Buber of 11 November 1961 (Grete Schaeder, ed., Martin Buber. Briefwechsel aus sieben Jahrzehnten [Heidelberg: Lambert Schneider, 1973], vol. 3, no. 465).Google Scholar
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    Latin, literally, the end of the peoples (nations). The motto actually is de fine popubrum (cf. Alfred Mombert, Aeon. Dramatische Trilogie, part 3 [Aeon vor Syrakus] [Berlin: Schuster und Loeffler, 1907]).Google Scholar

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