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Dreamland of HumanistsWarburg, Cassirer, Panofsky, and the Hamburg School$
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Emily J. Levine

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226061689

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226061719.001.0001

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Private Jews, Public Germans

Private Jews, Public Germans

(p.175) Seven Private Jews, Public Germans
Dreamland of Humanists

Emily J. Levine

University of Chicago Press

Chapter seven considers to what extent the experience of German Jewish scholars in Hamburg differed from that of Berlin or Frankfurt. To this end, it investigates how Warburg, Cassirer, and Panofsky navigated the scholarly choices of private scholar and Privatdozent and managed their rise to visibility in their respective fields, art history and philosophy. Focusing on a posthumously published lecture, delivered by Panofsky in 1921 titled, “Rembrandt and Judaism,” as well as Warburg’s carefully managed public response to Cassirer’s receiving a job offer from the University of Frankfurt, this chapter offers a contrast to the traditional portrait of humanist German-Jewish scholars as deluded and naïve. Rather, this chapter argues that a different view of Jewishness and Germanness emerges from the distinction between private and public worlds, and from an understanding of the political positioning these scholars of symbols undertook when presenting their ideas to different audiences.

Keywords:   privatdozent, Rembrandt, Cassirer, Panofsky, Warburg, Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Jewishness, Germanness

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