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Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Cultural Axis | by Robert O. Paxton | The New York Review of Books

“When I hear the word ‘culture,’ I reach for my revolver.” This philistine wisecrack is often attributed to Air Marshal Hermann Goering, or some other Nazi notable. Benjamin Martin sets us straight on its source: the 1933 play Schlageter by the Nazi Party member Hanns Johst, in which a character says: “When I hear the word ‘culture’ I release the catch on my Browning.”


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But was the playwright making a good joke or being an ignorant oaf?

Maybe we should call this The Trump Question.

Posted by: dearieme | Oct 12, 2017 12:31:58 PM