The Jew of Linz

The Jew of Linz

by Kimberley Cornish


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ISBN-13: 9780099269953
Publisher: Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/09/1999
Pages: 298
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.87(h) x (d)

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The Jew of Linz 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
RobertDay on LibraryThing 5 days ago
This is one of the most astonishing books I have ever read. It details the evidence to show that Adolf Hitler and Ludwig Wittenstein, the philosopher, went to school together.In itself, that fact is amazing. But it goes further. Wittgenstein may well have been the focus for the young Hitler's anti-Semitism; the author draws on evidence from 'Mein Kampf' and other sources to suggest that this was so.Starting from that premise, the book continues to explore WIttgenstein's philosophy in an accessible way (and the book is important for that very reason!), its links with the mainstream of European philosophical thought, and the role that Wittgenstein's thought played in the development of world politics and philosophy over the following fifty years.
Guest More than 1 year ago
How anyone can think Wittgenstein was the Russian recruiter at Cambridge is beyond me. The man had the practical brains of a pea. He knew Turing, sure, but so did every gay in Cambridge. And just because Wittgenstein's students were spies doesn't mean he had anything to do with it. He was too unworldly. If you read what he said about the spirit you know in your soul he couldn't have been a Marxist. And he didn't know Hitler. They were two years apart at school and he never said anything about it at Cambridge. There is no evidence they ever met each other. He wasn't even Jewish. Wittgenstein and Hitler both went to Wagner operas. So what? How all this nonsense got into print is beyond belief.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book claims that the first Jew Hitler refers to in Mein Kampf when tracing the origins of his anti-Semitism was his school-fellow, the young Ludwig Wittgenstein, later the famous Cambridge philosopher. In order to fight Hitler, Wittgenstein joined the Comintern and recruited his students at Trinity College Cambridge - Philby, Blunt, Burgess, Maclean - to spy for the Russians. They passed the secret of decrypting German codes to Stalin and thus won the war on the Eastern Front for the Red Army. The thesis is thus that the boy who occasioned Hitler's anti-Semitism in fact brought down the Reich. Tied in with all this is the suggestion that Wittgenstein's philosophy of language links to Hitler's ability to use language oratorically and thus rise to the German leadership. if any one of these theses are true, this is the most important book of the last fifty years. It is unnecessarily difficult in parts, but I thoroughly recommend it to anyone interested in history or philosophy.