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Walter Benjamin (1892-1940) was a German-Jewish Marxist literary critic, essayist, translator and philosopher associated with the Frankfurt School of critical theory.
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Walter Bendix Schoenflies Benjamin was the eldest of three children. He attended a progressive co-educational boarding school in Haubinda, Thuringia and the universities of Freiburg, Berlin, and Bern. He was actively involved in a growing youth movement inspired by Gustav Wyneken. In 1914, however, Benjamin withdrew from the movement in response to a public lecture in which Wyneken praised the ethical effect of war on youth. Benjamin's celebrated 1924 essay on Goethe's novella, The Elective Affinities, put into practice his theories of art criticism developed in his doctoral dissertation. His book, The Origins of German Tragic Drama, was published in 1928 and quickly received favorable attention from leading critics in Germany and abroad. Benjamin made plans for publishing a left-wing periodical to be entitled Crisis and Critique while eking out a living as a translator and freelance writer. In 1933, he left Nazi Germany, following Brecht and many other Jewish friends into an exile he divided between Paris, Ibiza, San Remo and Brecht's house in Denmark. With the outbreak of World War II in 1939, Benjamin was temporarily interned in French concentration camps for German citizens. On his release, he returned to Paris and continued his work in the Bibliothèque Nationale before being forced to flee before the invading German army in the summer of 1940. Lacking the necessary exit visa from France, he joined a guided party that crossed the Pyrenees and tried to enter Spain illegally, but the party was turned back by customs officials. In despair, he commited suicide in the small Spanish border town of Portbou.
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