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Leo Löwenthal: Last Man Standing
Leo Löwenthal: Last Man Standing
Christoph Hesse

His most unlikely name is probably his most enduring legacy. Skimming through the legendary history of the Frankfurt Institute for Social Research, especially the years in American exile, one will quickly come across him. Leo Löwenthal – or Lowenthal, as he used to spell his name in English-language publications – was then Max Horkheimer’s closest associate (next to, of course, Friedrich Pollock, an intimate friend of yore with whom Horkheimer shared virtually all his thoughts and decisions). He officiated as the managing editor of the Institute’s journal Zeitschrift für Sozialforschung, and later, as it were, rather unwillingly, as the housekeeper of its remaining branch in New York when his colleagues ...

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