By Todd Presner

Even though the heritage of the German railway procedure is usually linked to the transportation of Jews to exertions and demise camps, Todd Presner seems as an alternative to the of entirety of the 1st German railway strains and their function in remapping the cultural geography and highbrow background of Germany's Jews. Treating the German railway as either an iconic image of modernity and a vital social, technological, and political strength, Presner advances a groundbreaking interpretation of the ways that mobility is inextricably associated with German and Jewish visions of modernity. relocating past the drained version of a failed German-Jewish discussion, Presner emphasizes the mutual entanglement of the very different types of German and Jewish and the various websites of touch and trade that happened among German and Jewish thinkers.Turning to philosophy, literature, and the background of know-how, and drawing on transnational cultural and diaspora reports, Presner charts the impression of elevated mobility on interactions among Germans and Jews. He considers such significant figures as Kafka, Heidegger, Arendt, Freud, Sebald, Hegel, and Heine, analyzing poetry subsequent to philosophy, structure subsequent to literature, and railway maps subsequent to cultural background. instead of a traditional, linear background that culminates within the tragedy of the Holocaust, Presner produces a cultural mapping that articulates a way more complicated tale of the hopes and catastrophes of cellular modernity. via concentrating on the areas of come upon emblematically represented through the overdetermined triangulation of Germans, Jews, and trains, he introduces a brand new family tree for the research of eu and German-Jewish modernity. (June 09)

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Mobile Modernity: Germans, Jews, Trains

Notwithstanding the heritage of the German railway process is usually linked to the transportation of Jews to exertions and demise camps, Todd Presner appears to be like as an alternative to the of completion of the 1st German railway traces and their position in remapping the cultural geography and highbrow background of Germany's Jews. Treating the German railway as either an iconic image of modernity and a very important social, technological, and political strength, Presner advances a groundbreaking interpretation of the ways that mobility is inextricably associated with German and Jewish visions of modernity.

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Whereas Heidegger pursues the rootedness of place to ground the concept of memory, Celan envisions a kind of topographical memory in which the stratified remains of the past are encountered, however briefly, in the contingency of the present. This chapter also serves to introduce the two paradigms of mobility under consideration in this study: travel by ship and travel by train. For Heidegger the sea voyage to Delos is a voyage of confirmation, in which he attempts to locate, in the most literal sense of the word, the groundedness of Greco-German being.

They are ruins that have not yet been decided, not yet subsumed into a discourse of historical intelligibility. In a word, they represent the unmastered remains of German/Jewish modernity. As I show in the second chapter, it is precisely this undecidability that Celan preserves in his poetry but that Heidegger seeks to overcome in his philosophy. Both turn to material remains—for Celan it is the ruins of Berlin’s Anhalter Bahnhof, whereas for Heidegger it is the ruins of ancient Greece—in order to articulate the urgency of the concept of memory after the destruction of World War II.

On the top left (on Behrenstraße), in the BERLIN AND DELOS 35 former garden of the Ministry of Nutrition and Agriculture, the recently discovered bunker of Goebbels is recognizable. His villa laid to the left of it, connected to the garden of the Reich’s president. The remains still exist of a number of smaller buildings for adjutants, built between  and , and the air-raid shelters still exist in the middle. At the bottom of the picture are the former grounds of the Reich’s Chancellery.

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