The Freedom-Loving Anti-Semite

Posted by John Rosenthal

Yesterday’s edition of the German daily Die Welt contains a small news item on the decision of the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University in Greifswald to continue using the name of the 19th century nationalist firebrand and anti-Semite Ernst Moritz Arndt. A student initiative had pleaded for the name to be changed. The news brief concludes as follows:

In bloodthirsty songs (like “The God Who Let the Iron Grow”), Ernst Moritz Arndt (1769-1860) propagated anti-French hatred and made extremely depreciating remarks about Jews. But, among other things, he championed freedom of the press.

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