Theodor Lessing – prophet, outcast, & anti-Nazi

‘There will be a change in the climate that will change many people’s ways of living, their professions and their work.’: Theodor Lessing, writing in 1930

Theodor Lessing–controversialist, satirist, and spur to Nazi flanks–fled Germany in early 1933 to Marienbad, Czechoslovakia. He foresaw danger on the horizon in his native Germany when Hindenburg was elected chancellor and in the devastation of the natural world across Europe, and he railed against the corrosive affects upon clear thought from urban noise pollution. Rainer Marwedel is editing his works. Philip Oltermann reviews Volumes 1 and 2.

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