Farewell to revolution! Gustav Landauer's death and the funerary shaping of his legacy

Cedric Cohen-Skalli, Libera Pisano

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The violent death of Landauer in May 1919 at the end of the Räterepublik of Munich left several of his best friends with a terrible feeling: a sense of tension between the unique hopes incarnated by Landauer and the spiritual and political void his passing left behind. This article is an attempt to capture the tragic shift from a living revolutionary who projected his unique anarchist views onto the failed Munich Revolution to the efforts of a group of close friends who searched to save their dear Landauer from the infamy of failure, making of his months in Munich and his death an important amendment to his spiritual and political legacy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)184-227
Number of pages44
JournalJournal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2020

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  • Anarchism
  • Fritz Mauthner
  • Gustav Landauer
  • Julius Bab
  • Margarete Susman
  • Martin Buber
  • Modern Jewish philosophy
  • Munich Revolution
  • Theory of revolution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Religious studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Philosophy
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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