The Wannsee Conference

Die Wannseekonferenz - Hitler next to a bust of Nietzsche – Forum Politics – The Wannsee Conference – ‘German Painting’



Would someone ask me, so on the eve of the ‘Third World War’,
(because the Russians intend with their Crimea-referendum to incorporate the Crimea
into the ‘Russian empire’, and at that moment the nuclear, patriotic
the atomic, patriotic doctrine…) someone would ask me,
how I actually came to art – hey, which of course nobody does,
because nobody is interested in this age of the cultivated egomaniac
social media profile neuroses, but let’s just pretend for a moment that it’s important,
as if art were important in these times, then I would tell this little story:
The decision to make a profession out of art,
after two cans of beer from the ‘Intershop’ on the bunk bed of a youth hostel…
in the evening after a visit to a German concentration camp
– during the study trip of the gymnasiale upper stage by the GDR.

And it may well be that this sounds pathetic to today’s ears, but
but I now think that since that day I have been suffering from a so-called
post-traumatic stress disorder’, basically until today.

In the meantime, of course, I have grown a bit older, and I suspect,
that this trip was a requirement of the allied victorious powers,
according to the motto: The German youth should see with their own eyes,
what their grandfathers had done,
and maybe there is never ‘the right age’ for all that anyway,
but this visit threw me a little off course,
and that’s how I came to art…

So in the sense that I was confronted with this story at an age,
in which I was busy anyway, to decide,
what I could actually do with my life now and after graduating from high school.

We talked in the philosophy forum about the ‘elephant in the German philosophical room’.
and in a certain way it is and was quite obvious,
the question of how it could come to this via the detour of an application portfolio
directly to the art university in the capital of Germany,
whereby this question is then of course nevertheless so large,
that the whole institutional and hierarchical rest surely seems to be
seem completely banal to everyone here… isn’t it?

Vllt so much:
I have then an unbearably commercial, conservative art magazine
(named ‘PAN’, with a self-portrait of Van Gogh on the cover) in such a way,
that it corresponded a little bit more to my personal demands on a German art magazine.
so I hit it with a hammer – the whole thing was then
then put the whole thing in a transparent freezer bag and shipped it to Berlin.

‘How could it come to this?’

What actually happened during the years I studied philosophy at the UdK Berlin,
as at any good university, was simply the transmission of all the important information on a particular subject
on a particular subject from one generation to the next,
and in this respect, of course, I was also very lucky with my philosophy professor,
and hey, this long introductory prehistory is really forgiven,
but I stumbled across something during this study.
More by accident than anything. So this wasn’t an official part of the course offering, it just happened along the way,
so while reading – the somewhat thicker books of the German philosopher ‘Friedrich Nietzsche’.

But first I would like to explain very briefly my methodology:
If one wanted to understand what was going on in the heads of this wicked generation
it would make sense to look at what was going on in the minds of that generation,
in the philosophical bookshops
after the First World War
in Munich
were lying around.

And of course one would then work one’s way through the whole program, viz.
Kant, Hegel, Feuerbach, Marx, the German idealists, the German materialists,
Schelling, Fichte, plus the primitive anti-Semites, etc. etc.
Heidegger. Adorno.

Like this.

That, what I then stumbled upon so suddenly in this context, anyway,
and what I would like to publish here now,
that was a name.

And while I’m writing this now, I have to wonder over and over again,
that nobody noticed it until today, even though it’s really quite striking…
in the area. Because the name, which I mean, that sounds ‘Jewish’ and that is nevertheless,
if you are looking for the truth behind German history,
it’s actually quite spectacular, isn’t it?

So if in a book of the obvious favorite philosopher of the “Führer” a typical
Jewish name (“David”) already sounds in the title of the work.

The whole name I mean, it is ‘David Strauss’.
and the book it is about, it is the first part of the Unzeitgemäße Betrachtungen:

First piece: David Strauss, the Confessor and the Writer, 1873;
(published between 1873 and 1876)

At this point, I would like to take the opportunity, of course, to
the criticism of the editor of my Nietzsche edition (dtv, Deutscher Taschenbuchverlag)
Giorgio Colli:

” … . His “untimeliness” is thus perceived by himself as still too contemporary.
One comes to a similar conclusion if, instead of the form, one considers certain contents
in particular the targets he chose for his polemics.
Typical is the first Unzeitgemässe Betrachtung: David Strauss, the weakest work,
Nietzsche ever published, precisely because of its timeliness. What do we care today,
after a century, this colorless philistine?
How could we take seriously his faith, against which Nietzsche hurls his superfluous lightnings?
against? Admittedly, there is no lack of highlights that announce the later sovereign polemicist,
but all in all, Nietzsche is also difficult to digest here – and not only because of his own
pedantry, with which, for example, at the end he compiles a boring list of Strauss’s stylistic
stylistic errors of Strauss. Nietzsche was not lucky, he did not understand at that time,
to choose opponents who had a future before them.”

So Giorgio Colli in his afterword.

Now I am fully aware of the levels on which any preoccupation with German history has
since the Second World War has always taken place… (So religious or political, doe racism, anti-Semitism
and moral debates, dominance and power discussions etc. etc.)

And now I come along and point out that
in the book of the German philosopher Nietzsche,
for whose memorial Hitler donated 50.000 RM out of his
(Wikipedia) a Jewish sounding name is already in the title?

What do I want to say with it?
I think my ‘theory’ should please nobody here.
In fact, I think it’s going to be quite quite terrible overall….

Because the problem I want to point out here is a completely different one
– it is of a completely different nature – because this problem, this theory
it is spectacularly unspectacular:

Point 1.) David

Nowadays it is very easy for really everybody to type the name “David Strauss” into Google.
If we do that, we learn on Wikipedia that David Friedrich Strauss (* January 27, 1808 in Ludwigsburg; † February 8, 1874 ibid.) was a German writer, philosopher and Protestant theologian.

The ‘real’ David from Nietzsche’s “Polemik” was therefore not a Jew at all,
– as one could assume at first with the name ‘David’,
and I would like to add that in the time between the publication of the Unzeitgemäße Betrachtungen,
the First World War and the seizure of power, there was no Internet.

So Nietzsche’s book is not an anti-Semitic inflammatory writing at all?
No, I don’t think so,
so after reading the book for the 50th time…

But can one (as an idiot) read it from front to back
‘as an anti-Semitic diatribe’?

I think so:
Unfortunately, yes.

Point 2.)
What is this book actually then?
And that’s a very good question.
And the answer should not really make this whole matter
much better…

Unfortunately, however, I have to go to bed now, 3:06 a.m.
– Also to pay for the ignorant, politicized shitstorm,
and the many Germans with their pitchforks
to be prepared,
because pretty much everything I spread here in a confused way
can be checked neutrally and objectively.

I think it is simply better
if I wait a little with the publication of the second part
there still a little wait.

(A copy of this text also on my web page.
(For free, that’s clear, because I personally would like to be
in this whole history
with no cent enrich)

(The advertising banners remain nevertheless, they refer to the whole rest
of the website, just don’t click on them,
is just too stupid for me to remove the extra now)
And who doesn’t want to understand that, please just complain to the SPD, ok?

A. Lascaux