CLIO Verein f. Geschichts- & Bildungsarbeit, 2020. Item #42324
ISBN-10: 3902542888. ISBN-13: 978-3902542885. 1st edition. Original photographic boards, 12mo, 178 pages. In German. Part of the series, “Vorlesungen des Centrums für Jüdische Studien. “Uriel Birnbaum, born in Vienna in 1894, died in Holland in 1956, son of the famous Jewish scholar Nathan Birnbaum, published the sonnet cycle "In Gottes Krieg" in 1921, in which he realized his literary and graphic talent in an expressive work of art. "In Gottes Krieg" is a kind of diary in which Birnbaum processed his war experiences in the classic form of the sonnet. The numerous drawings by the author in the book are reminiscent of Alfred Kubin's art in the surreal way in which they depict the horrors and fears of wartime people. In a critical analysis, Daniel Hoffmann's study establishes the connections to Jewish tradition and contemporary Jewish discourse about the World War on the one hand, and on the other hand he interprets "In Gottes Krieg" as the religious-aesthetic program of an idiosyncratic artist” (Translated from the publisher’s abstract). New Condition. (AC-7-33).