“A Document of Barbarism”

Walter Benjamin Section 7 of "Theses on the Philosophy of History": "There is no document of culture which is not at the same time a document of barbarism." 

Sadly, I agree with his statement 100%.
Walter Benjamin’s grave in Portbou, Catalonia. The epitaph in German, repeated in Catalan, quotes from Section 7 of “Theses on the Philosophy of History”: “There is no document of culture which is not at the same time a document of barbarism”
Walter Benjamin 1892 – 1940

Literary theorist and scholar, Benjamin was part of a small but incredibly significant cohort of German-Jewish intellectuals who fled the Nazis in the 1930s. The group included thinkers like Theodor Adorno, Max Horkheimer, Hannah Ardent, Herbert Marcuse, and Bertolt Brecht. Out of the above, only Benjamin died, committing suicide by morphine overdose in 1940 at a Catalonian hotel, when it became clear that the Spanish, with whom he had sought refuge, were going to turn him back over to Germany.

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