This Day in Jewish History / Critic of degradation of German language is born
Kraus renounced his Judaism and because he was critical of so many Jews, he has been seen as 'self-hating.' But his real target was middle-brow Viennese culture, so much of which was dominated by Jews.
April 28, 1874, is the birthdate of the Viennese-Jewish journalist, satirist and social critic Karl Kraus. Although one of the most influential writers of his day, in Austria, and still studied today in Germany, because Kraus’ work was weighted down with contemporary cultural references and his language was so idiomatic, he has been only minimally translated into English.
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