Elephants were once common throughout Africa and Asia, but their number declined significantly during the 20th century, largely due to the illegal ivory trade as well as shrinking territory, according to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). … [Read more...] about Elephant baby born in German zoo takes first steps
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The following February, however, the University of Munich hosted a rally for the nationalist Kampfbund of German youth. Swastikas were everywhere, and there was a raucous ovation when Hitler and his entourage entered the hall. The Viennese philosopher Othmar Spann then delivered a speech on the “cultural crisis of the present”, arguing that German philosophy was being traduced by a tight-knit group of “foreigners”, notably Cassirer. To outward appearances Cassirer was of course as German as could be, not only by birth but also by education, culture and vocation. But appearances can be deceptive, and Spann – abetted by a handshake and a bow from Hitler – considered it his duty to reveal that Cassirer was not a German but a Jew. … [Read more...] about Time of the Magicians by Wolfram Eilenberger review – philosophy’s great decade?
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As these letters demonstrate, Scholem's interest in literature - from Goethe and Heine to Kafka and Borges - was intense, and his reading in modern philosophy - from Nietzsche to Gadamer - was profound. Perhaps what will most strike the reader of these letters, however, is Scholem's acute observation of life just before and during the second world war, as when on August 10 1933 he writes to the Jewish theologian Martin Buber from Palestine: "All of us here - and I speak especially for myself - find it extremely difficult to comprehend the spiritual and moral attitude of German Jews to their own fate. This is precisely what concerns us so much. Terrible though the thought may be, it almost seems as if large segments of German Jewry have failed to grasp what is happening, as if even more horrors must occur before they're roused." … [Read more...] about Mystic pieces