The Intellectual and Genocide

Sven Hedin (1865–1952), a Swedish Apologist for the Third Reich
  • Sarah Danielsson


The phrase ‘betrayal of the intellectuals’ in regard to the Holocaust can be applied to those who subscribed to Nazi beliefs, defended them, or simply closed their eyes to Nazi atrocities, the most obvious examples being those who openly defended Nazism, such as the philosopher Heidegger. The phrase refers to the act of betrayal, which means being disloyal; it also implies either possessing knowledge or holding an office and disregarding the obligations that knowledge or office entails. The word ‘intellectual’ may broadly be applied to any person who has a certain rational capacity derived from training, and who follows a career that involves moulding public opinion, whether as writer, teacher or policy maker.


German Diary Weimar Republic German People Nazi Party Jewish Question 
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Sven Hedin Archives

  1. Sven Hedin Diary (Dagbok), Sven Hedin Archives, Riksarkivet (National Archives), Stockholm, Sweden.Google Scholar
  2. Sven Hedin Correspondence (Korrespondans), Sven Hedin Archives, Riksarkivet (National Archives), Stockholm, Sweden.Google Scholar

Hedin’s published works

  1. Amerika i kontineternas kamp (America in the struggle of the continents), (Stockholm: Bonnier, 1944).Google Scholar
  2. Der 9. November’ Alma Hedin, Arbeitsfreude (Leipzig, 1921).Google Scholar
  3. Femtio år Tyskland (Fifty years of Germany), (Malmö: Dagens Böcker ab, 1939).Google Scholar
  4. Från fronten i väster (From the western front), (Stockholm: A. Bonnier, 1915).Google Scholar
  5. The German Diaries, trans. Joan Bulman (Dublin: Euphorion Books, 1951).Google Scholar
  6. Germany and World Peace, trans. Gerald Griffin (London: Hutchinson & Co., 1937).Google Scholar
  7. Tyskland och världsfreden (Germany and world peace), (Stockholm: Medens förlags aktiebolag, 1937).Google Scholar
  8. Utan uppdrag i Berlin (Without a mission in Berlin, The German Diaries), (Stockholm, Sweden: Fahlcrantz & Grumaelius, 1949).Google Scholar
  9. With the German Armies in the West, trans. H.G. de Walterstorff (London: J. Lane; New York: J. Lane, 1915).Google Scholar

Other Sources

  1. Social-Demokraten, 12 November 1938.Google Scholar
  2. Ingvar Svanberg and Mattias Tydén, Sverige och Förintelsen (Sweden and the Holocaust), (Stockholm: Bokförlaget Arena, 1997).Google Scholar

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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2001

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