The book pays special attention to Jewish intellectuals who played an important role in advancing universal ideas out of their particular identities. The central figure in this respect is Hannah Arendt and her concern to build a better world out of the ashes of the Jewish catastrophe. The book demonstrates how particular Jewish affairs are connected to current concerns about cosmopolitan politics like human rights, genocide, international law and politics. Jewish identity and universalist human rights were born together, developed together and are still fundamentally connected.
This book will appeal both to readers interested in Jewish history and memory and to anyone concerned with current debates about citizenship and cosmopolitanism in the modern world.
Chapter 2: Paris, Geneva, and Port Bou: The Last Europeans
Chapter 3: Frankfurt, Jerusalem, Offenbach, and New York: Jews and Europe
Chapter 4: The View from Eastern Europe: From Warsaw to New York
Chapter 5: Zurich, Vilna, and Nuremberg: Generalized Guilt
Chapter 6: From Nuremberg to New York via Jerusalem
Chapter 7: Between Drohobych and New York: An End and a New Beginning