Book Showing Nietzsche Not Anti-semitic Hit by Nazis
Menu JTA Search

Book Showing Nietzsche Not Anti-semitic Hit by Nazis

Download PDF for this date

A book published in Weimar attempting to disprove the Nazi nation that the German philosopher Nietzsche was an anti-Semite has caused a flurry in Nazi circles and prompted Chancellor Hitler’s paper to protest indignantly.

The Voelkischer Beobachter demands that the authorities investigate “how a German publishing house dared to publish such a book in 1936, which is an attack on National Socialism because it misrepresents the teachings of a great German who was a forerunner of Nazi theories.”

The book, “Nietzsche, Jews and Anti-Jews” was written by a German, Kurvon Westernhagen, although the Nazi organ is quite sure it could only have been written “either by a Jew or a Jesuit.”

Founding Funders

The digitization of the JTA Archive would not have been possible without the generous support of the following donors:
  • The Gottesman Fund
  • Righteous Persons Foundation
  • Charles H. Revson Foundation
  • Elisa Spungen Bildner and Robert Bildner, in honor of Norma Spungen
  • George S. Blumenthal
  • Grace and Scott Offen Charitable Fund