Germans into Jews is nonetheless an impressive work of scholarship. It makes an important contribution to our knowledge about the welfare state and the transformation of the Jewish community during the Weimar Republic. Andrew Donson University of Massachusetts Amherst Stranger from Abroad: Hannah Arendt, Martin Heidegger, Friendship and Forgiveness, by Daniel Maier-Katkin. New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 2010. 384 pp. $26.95. It is Hannah Arendt who gives herself the title of a "girl from afar," "Mädchen aus dem Fremde," claiming Schiller's words for her own. And Heidegger echoed this claim, writing a poem for her, as only Heidegger could and as only Arendt would be able to hear: "Stranger from abroad, du, / may you live in the beginning" (p. 22). Daniel Maier-Katkin's Stranger from Abroad tells the story of Hannah Arendt and Martin Heidegger not only as a love-affair but as a friendship, which, given the peculiar resistances of Heidegger's character, means that Maier-Katkin writes about forgiveness. This latter dual emphasis makes this book as profound a contribution as it is to the debate on Arendt and Heidegger, but this profundity will doubtless make the book difficult reading for those who turn to such a
Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies – Purdue University Press
Published: Jun 1, 2011
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