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Ernst Kantorowicz: A Life

Robert E. Lerner


This is the first complete biography of Ernst Kantorowicz (1895–1963), an influential and controversial German– American intellectual whose colorful and dramatic life intersected with many of the great events and thinkers of his time. Born into a wealthy Prussian-Jewish family, Kantorowicz fought on the Western Front in World War I, was wounded at Verdun, and earned an Iron Cross. Later, he earned an Iron Crescent for service in Anatolia before an affair with a general's mistress led to Kantorowicz being sent home. After the war, he fought against Poles in his native Posen, Spartacists in Berl ... More

Keywords: Ernst Kantorowicz, German–American intellectual, Prussian–Jewish family, Western Front, World War I, Iron Cross, Iron Crescent, German nationalist, Stefan George circle, Secret Germany

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780691183022
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691183022.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert E. Lerner, author
Northwestern University