ISSN 1053-699X print; ISSN 1477-285X online/03/010055-14 © 2003 Taylor & Francis Ltd DOI: 10.1080/1053699032000133618 The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy , 2003, Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 55–68 Gershom Scholem, Hannah Arendt and the Paradox of “Non-Nationalist” Nationalism Raluca Munteanu Eddon* Department of Political Science, Yale University, New Haven, USA It is an unfortunate, albeit not entirely coincidental, twist of 20th-century Jewish intellectual and political history that Gershom Scholem and Hannah Arendt are remembered as antagonists. This adversarial image, no doubt justified by their rather acrimonious public exchange over Arendt’s book Eichmann in Jerusalem in 1963, 1 is so deeply imprinted in the public mind that it has come to obscure a much more complex 30-odd-year relationship 2 and the significant areas of agreement upon which it rested. For many years, however, Scholem and Arendt shared not only a close friend in Walter Benjamin, 3 but were fundamentally in agreement on a wide range of subjects, many of which concerned politics. 4 One such common position emerged around their opposition to the idea of Jewish sovereignty, which defined Scholem’s involvement in the Brit Shalom in the late 1920s and early 1930s, and was a cause Arendt passionately
The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2003
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