Hannah Arendt

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Born Linden-Limmer, Hanover, Germany
Hannah Arendt came to the United States via France in 1941 as a refugee from Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich. Having earned a doctorate in philosophy at the University of Heidelberg, she spent the next several years working as a freelance journalist and research director for the Conference on Jewish Relations in New York City. By the late 1940s, Arendt had begun writing a book on the conditions that had fostered the dictatorships of Hitler in Germany and Joseph Stalin in the Soviet Union. The result was The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951), which established Arendt as a leading political theorist and historian. Following the appearance of a collection of her essays, Between Past and Future, in 1961, an admirer declared her “one of the most brilliant . . . of living political philosophers.” In 2013, the award-winning German film Hannah Arendt fascinated audiences in the United States.
Nacida en Linden-Limmer, Hanover, Alemania
Hannah Arendt llegó a los Estados Unidos de Francia en 1941 como refugiada del Tercer Reich de Adolf Hitler. Con un doctorado en filosofía en la Universidad de Heidelberg, trabajó por años como reportera independiente y directora de investigación para la Conferencia sobre las Relaciones Judías en Nueva York. Hacia finales de los años 40, Arendt había comenzado a escribir un libro sobre las condiciones que promovieron la dictadura de Hitler en Alemania y de Joseph Stalin en la Unión Soviética. El resultado fue Los orígenes del totalitarismo (1951), que estableció a Arendt como una teórica e historiadora política líder. Su colección de ensayos, Entre el pasado y el futuro, de 1961 la posicionó “entre los más brillantes… de los filósofos políticos con vida”. En 2013, la galardonada película alemana Hannah Arendt fascinó al público en los Estados Unidos.
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Exhibition
20th Century Americans: 1930-1960
On View
NPG, South Gallery 321
1944 (printed 1987)
Object number
NPG.88.200
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Peter Stein
Culture
Hannah Arendt: European\German
Artist
Fred Stein, 3 Jul 1909 - 22 Sep 1967
Sitter
Hannah Arendt, 1906 - 1975
Topic
Interior
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Cigarette
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Ashtray
Hannah Arendt: Female
Hannah Arendt: Literature\Writer
Hannah Arendt: Education\Educator\Professor\University
Hannah Arendt: Humanities and Social Sciences\Philosopher
Portrait
Medium
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions
Image: 35 x 27.7cm (13 3/4 x 10 7/8")
Mat: 71.1 x 55.9cm (28 x 22")
National Portrait Gallery
Restrictions & Rights
© Estate of Fred Stein
Type
Photograph