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.

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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...