The Passion of Max von Oppenheim: Archaeology and Intrigue in the Middle East from Wilhelm II to Hitler - cover image

Copyright

Lionel Gossman

Published On

2013-01-31

ISBN

Paperback978-1-909254-20-6
Hardback978-1-909254-21-3
PDF978-1-909254-22-0
HTML978-1-80064-457-1
EPUB978-1-909254-23-7
MOBI978-1-909254-24-4

Language

  • English

Print Length

416 pages (xxvi + 390)

Dimensions

Paperback156 x 22 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.85" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 24 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.94" x 9.21")

Weight

Paperback1282g (45.22oz)
Hardback1672g (58.98oz)

Media

Illustrations19

OCLC Number

849594484

LCCN

2019467803

BIC

  • JFSR1
  • JPFQ
  • HBJF1
  • HBJD
  • HDDC

BISAC

  • HIS014000
  • HIS026000
  • REL072000

LCC

  • DD231.O66

Keywords

  • Nazi history
  • anti-semitism
  • Middle East
  • German history
  • Jewish history
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The Passion of Max von Oppenheim

Archaeology and Intrigue in the Middle East from Wilhelm II to Hitler

  • Lionel Gossman (author)
Born into a prominent German Jewish banking family, Baron Max von Oppenheim (1860-1946) was a keen amateur archaeologist and ethnologist. His discovery and excavation of Tell Halaf in Syria marked an important contribution to knowledge of the ancient Middle East, while his massive study of the Bedouins is still consulted by scholars today. He was also an ardent German patriot, eager to support his country's pursuit of its "place in the sun". Excluded by his part-Jewish ancestry from the regular diplomatic service, Oppenheim earned a reputation as "the Kaiser's spy" because of his intriguing against the British in Cairo, as well as his plan, at the start of the First World War, to incite Muslims under British, French and Russian rule to a jihad against the colonial powers. After 1933, despite being half-Jewish according to the Nuremberg Laws, Oppenheim was not persecuted by the Nazis. In fact, he placed his knowledge of the Middle East and his connections with Muslim leaders at the service of the regime. Ranging widely over many fields—from war studies to archaeology and banking history—The Passion of Max von Oppenheim tells the gripping and at times unsettling story of one part-Jewish man's passion for his country in the face of persistent and, in his later years, genocidal anti-Semitism.

Endorsements

One of the finest books on this period and topic. The research is thorough, the analysis careful and moderate, and the range of the book is broad. It will appeal to scholars in a variety of fields. The biographical sections on Oppenheim, a fascinating figure, are superb, and the many complexities of his life are contextualized beautifully as are those on Oppenheim's pamphlets during WWI concerning Jihad. A learned book of the highest caliber.

Prof Susannah Heschel

Dartmouth College

Reviews

[...] Gossman has chosen a particularly interesting biographical subject. More importantly, he has succeeded in writing both a readable and scholarly work, clearly based on thorough and intensive research, as the copious but invariably useful footnotes testify.

Stuart Parkes

"The Passion of Max von Oppenheim: Archaeology and Intrigue in the Middle East from Wilhelm II to Hitler". Journal of Contemporary European Studies (1478-2804), vol. 22, no. 1, 2014. doi:10.1080/14782804.2013.865374

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Contents

The Oppenheims

  • Lionel Gossman
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0030.01

The Charm of the Orient

  • Lionel Gossman
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0030.02

Attaché in Cairo. "The Kaiser’s Spy"

  • Lionel Gossman
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0030.03

The Spectre of Pan-Islamism and Jihad. The Background of Oppenheim’s 1914 Denkschrift betreffend die Revolutionierung der islamischen Gebiete Unserer Feinde

  • Lionel Gossman
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0030.04

Oppenheim’s 1914 Denkschrift

  • Lionel Gossman
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0030.05

Promoter of German Economic Expansion and the Berlin-Baghdad Railway

  • Lionel Gossman
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0030.06

Discovery and Excavation, Publications and Critical Reception

  • Lionel Gossman
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0030.07

Financial Difficulties. The Fate of the Tell Halaf Finds

  • Lionel Gossman
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0030.08

Questions

  • Lionel Gossman
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0030.09

The Oppenheims and their Bank under National Socialism

  • Lionel Gossman
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0030.10

. Waldemar and Friedrich Carl von Oppenheim during the National Socialist Regime

  • Lionel Gossman
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0030.11

Max von Oppenheim, "Half-Jew," during the National Socialist Regime

  • Lionel Gossman
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0030.12

Plotting for Nazi Germany. Oppenheim’s Role in the Middle East Policy of the Third Reich

  • Lionel Gossman
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0030.13

Max von Oppenheim’s Last Years

  • Lionel Gossman
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0030.14

Two Jewish Organizations: the Verband nationaldeutscher Juden (Association of German National Jews) and the Reichsbund jüdischer Frontsoldaten (Jewish War Veterans Association)

  • Lionel Gossman
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0030.15

Some Individuals: Schoeps, Pevsner, Kantorowicz, Landmann

  • Lionel Gossman
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0030.16

By Way of Conclusion

  • Lionel Gossman
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0030.17

Foreword

  • Lionel Gossman
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0030.18

Introduction

  • Lionel Gossman
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0030.19

Contributors

Lionel Gossman

(author)
M. Taylor Pyne Professor of Romance Languages (Emeritus) at Princeton University