Hannah Arendt

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A refugee from the anti-Semitic oppression of Hitler's Third Reich, Hannah Arendt came to the United States in 1940 and spent the next several years working as a freelance journalist and research director for the Conference on Jewish Relations. By the late 1940s, her speculative bent, born of her early training as an academic, had drawn her into analysis of the conditions that had fostered Hitler's dictatorship in Germany and Joseph Stalin's in the Soviet Union. The result was The Origins of Totalitarianism, a book that established Arendt as a leading political theorist and historian. Other publications only reinforced that reputation. Following the appearance of a collection of her essays, Between Past and Present, in 1961 an admirer declared her "one of the most brilliant . . . of living political philosophers."
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NPG, South Gallery 321
1944 (printed 1987)
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Peter Stein
Hannah Arendt: European\German
Fred Stein, 3 Jul 1909 - 22 Sep 1967
Hannah Arendt, 1906 - 1975
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Hannah Arendt: Female
Hannah Arendt: Literature\Writer
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Hannah Arendt: Humanities and Social Sciences\Philosopher
Gelatin silver print
Image: 35 x 27.7cm (13 3/4 x 10 7/8")
Mat: 71.1 x 55.9cm (28 x 22")
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