Here the play abruptly ends addressing the public: "Now light and off home with you"
The German Carl von Knoblauch zu Hatzbach also uses this formula in his contribution
Miel Taschenbuch für Aufklärer und Nichtaufklärer auf das Jahr 1791 (quoted in
According to Klaniczay (187), it was the French politician Mirabeau ( 1749- 1791) who
first coined this phrase in the 1770s.
It can be assumed that Ewers, who had studied law, was influenced by the fashionable
psychiatric discourse of his time, e.g.,
Kraft-Ebing famous Psychopathia sexualis ( 1886)
where one can read of Mädchenschneider resembling the case of haemophiliac Frank Braun
( Ruthner41, 58).
Passage translated by
In essays such as "Warum ich ein Philosemit bin" ( "Why I am a Philosemite," 1916) Ewers imagined a union of German nationalists and Zionists with the aim of a German-Jewish
cultural nation. Nevertheless this did not prevent him from publishing a Horst Wessel novel in
193 2, the epilogue of which states that it was published at Hitler's request (cf. Kugel esp. 105ff., 322ff.).
In this conflict it is interesting to know that the belief in revenants (Wiedergänger) made
up an integral part of the funeral rites of pagan Germanic peoples (cf.
The prejudice of Jewish "bloodsuckers" is now uttered anew e.g. by Louis Faffakhan, the
minister of the Afro-American Islamic community: "So if they made profit from us, then from
our life they drew life and came to strength. They turned it over to the Arabs, the Koreans and
others, who are there now doing what? Sucking the lifeblood of our community." (Interview
by Sylvester Monroe. Time. Feb. 28, 1994: 24-25, quoting 25.) For further examples of the
presence of the post-1918 mythos analyzed here in the context of future revanchism see Geissler 98-9).
A quote such as this contains apparently a cynical reference to
Thomas Mann novel Der
Zauberberg (The Magic Mountain), published 1924. Passage translated by
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