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Stefan Lux (1888-1936): a calculated suicide before the Second World War

Berkowitz, M; (2019) Stefan Lux (1888-1936): a calculated suicide before the Second World War. Journal of Modern Jewish Studies , 18 (1) pp. 75-91. 10.1080/14725886.2018.1549197. Green open access

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Abstract

In 1936 Stefan Lux, a Jew born in Vienna, and naturalized in Czchoslovakia, shot himself during a session of the League of Nations in Geneva. The situation would become much more dire for German Jews in the coming years, and few sensed that anything akin to the Holocaust was in store. Lux believed he had timed his suicide precisely to bring attention to, and counteract, the problem of “statelessness” that was on the agenda of the League. Lux also feared that the defences Jews had utilized before 1933 to ward off antisemitism were no longer viable, as they were under assault by the entirety of the arts and cultural apparatus in Germany. This case illustrates both the prescience and limits of Lux’s carefully orchestrated suicide.

Type: Article
Title: Stefan Lux (1888-1936): a calculated suicide before the Second World War
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/14725886.2018.1549197
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/14725886.2018.1549197
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Lux, Nazism, interwar antisemitism, suicide, Jewish suicides, League of Nations
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Hebrew and Jewish Studies
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10058706
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