Monday, September 28, 2015

Heidegger on the "Jewish Contamination" of Germany

"Nothing less is at stake than our undeferrable facing of the fact that we are confronted by a crucial choice: Either to infuse, again, our German spiritual life with genuine indigenous forces and educators, or to leave it at the mercy, once and for all, of the growing Jewish contamination, both in a larger and a narrower sense."

- Martin Heidegger, letter to Victor Shwoerer (1929)

Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) is at last being freed
from the charge that he was not an antisemite.

For decades, Heidegger's phony supporters have argued he was not a sincere antisemite, and constantly downplayed criticism from his detractors. Heidegger's now published 'black notebooks' have firmly established Heidegger's antisemitism. Heidegger is the only academic philosopher to have consistently rejected appeals to acknowledge the Jewish historical narrative and the Holocaust. His postwar philosophical writings are an extension of a worldview that was never altered in its fundamentals, and as a consequence a special debt is owed to Heidegger for having sustained National-Socialist ideas in his own way.