By Egon Friedell
Cultural heritage of the fashionable Age: Renaissance and Reformation
Historian, thinker, critic, playwright, journalist, and actor, Egon Friedell used to be a key determine within the striking flowering of Viennese tradition among the 2 international wars. His masterpiece, A Cultural heritage of the trendy Age, demonstrates the highbrow universality that Friedell observed as guarantor of the continuity and regeneration of eu civilization.
Following a super beginning essay on cultural background and why it's going to be studied, the 1st quantity starts off with an research of the transformation of the Medieval brain because it advanced from the Black loss of life to the Thirty Years conflict. The emphasis is at the religious and cultural vortex of civilization, yet Friedell by no means forgets the eu roots in pestilence, dying, and superstition that animate a opposite force towards cause, refinement, highbrow interest, and clinical wisdom. whereas those values reached their apogee throughout the Renaissance, Friedell exhibits that every cultural victory is precarious, and Europe used to be consistently at risk of slipping again into barbarism. Friedell's old imaginative and prescient embraces the full of Western tradition and its improvement. it's a constant probing for the divine within the world's direction and is, for this reason, theology; it really is study into the fundamental forces of the human soul and is, hence, psychology; it's the such a lot illuminating presentation of the types of nation and society and, hence, is politics; the main diverse selection of all art-creations and is, for this reason, aesthetics.
Thomas Mann seemed Friedell as one of many nice stylists within the German language. just like the works of the nice novelist, A Cultural heritage of the trendy Age bargains a dramatic heritage of the final six centuries, exhibiting the using forces of every age. the hot creation offers a desirable biographical comic strip of Friedell and his cultural milieu and analyzes his position in highbrow historical past.
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Von Braun became overenthusiastic in discussing it at a party in 1944, and was arrested by agents of Heinrich Himmler who threatened to try him on charges of treason and sabotage. It took determined intervention by Domberger to get von Braun out of the Ge- stapo*s clutches. (Whatever the dreams of this group were, their talents were by the Nazi war machine to serve its own dream of conquest, and they "went along," as most Germans did. Their mission was to build a rocket that would dump a ton of high explosives on civilian populations, and they carried it out.
The other six were Erich W. Neubert, Theodor A. Poppel, August Schulze, Eberhard Rees, Wilhelm Jungert, and Walter Schwidetzky. They were initially put to work at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland processing captured German missile documents, many of which they themselves had written, edited, or approved. Tons of reports, including five truckloads of Domberger*s notes and all the documents hidden in the potassium mine in the Harz Mountains, were organized, translated, and filed. The original seven were then transferred to Fort Bliss, Texas, where they were joined by 55 more V-2 specialists in December 1945.