By Robert Ellis

During the years of Weimar and the 3rd Reich, Toller was once one of many extra lively of the "other Germany's" left-wing intellectuals. a pace-setter of the Bavarian Soviet of 1919, he had additionally received the Kleist prize and used to be well-known as one in all Germany's top playwrights. certainly, in the course of the years of the Weimar Republic, the recognition of his works used to be unquestioned. His first play, Die Wandlung, was once quickly bought out and required a moment variation; his dramatic works and poems have been translated into twenty-seven languages. through the 1920’s it used to be stated that he "dominated the German and Russian theatre" and that he used to be the "most amazing character in glossy German literature." It used to be universal for contemporaries to categorise him as one of many most desirable German writers of the Weimar period. in the course of the Thirties, as an exile, he popularized to overseas audiences the belief of “the different Germany” and turned a number one spokesman opposed to Hitler.

However, it truly is Toller the social critic instead of Toller the dramatist with which thisbook is worried, his principles, his visions for Germany and Europe as transmitted in his works of fiction and prose. The booklet displays at the accountability an intellectual-critic has whilst writing a few democratic society (the Weimar Republic) that's unsuccessfully balancing among survival and annihilation. Toller was once additionally a Jewish highbrow. How did his spiritual traditions form his perspectives? He used to be additionally German and this increases a complete host of in particular Germanic styles of taking a look at the area. He was once additionally a left-wing highbrow and Toller is decided within the broader context of left-wing intellectuals in Weimar and the Nazi period. A comparable mirrored image is to invite: so what? What distinction did it make? How a lot of a power do intellectuals have within the improvement of society? what's the dating among intellectuals and their readers in a afflicted society?

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