In April 1945, Jean Améry was liberated from the Bergen Belsen concentration camp. A political prisoner, he had been brutally tortured by the Nazis, and had also survived both Auschwitz and Buchenwald. His experiences during the Holocaust were made famous by his book At the Mind's Limits: Contemplations by a Survivor of Auschwitz and Its Realities.
Essays on Antisemitism, Anti-Zionism, and the Left features a collection of essays by Améry translated into English for the first time. Although written between 1966 and 1978, Améry's insights remain fresh and contemporary, and showcase the power of his thought.
Originally written when leftwing antisemitism was first on the rise, Améry's searing prose interrogates the relationship between anti-Zionism and antisemitism and challenges the international left to confront its failure to think critically and reflectively.
1. On the Impossible Obligation to Be a Jew
2. Between Vietnam and Israel
3. Virtuous Antisemitism
4. The New Left's Approach to "Zionism"
5. Jews, Leftists, Leftist Jews
6. The New Antisemitism
7. Shylock, Kitsch, and Its Hazards
8. Virtuous Antisemitism
9. The Limits of Solidarity
10. My Jewishness
Note on Sources
This new collection of essays is not just a book by anyone. It is by Jean Améry, whose views on the more contemporary topics he addresses here will be of wide interest simply because they are his views. Améry's skill as a writer and his ability to craft unforgettable phrases and sentences has been enhanced by what is a first-rate translation, clear, direct, and eloquent.~Cary Nelson, author of Dreams Deferred