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Cultural Identity

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It is important to understand Ruppin's models of perception in the context of the specific meaning of the German concept Weltanschauung, which he used many times in his diary when describing his aspirations and later, when stating explicitly that he had finally obtained a true weltanschauung. Ruppin entered a unique academic competition – known later as the Krupp Prize – which was formulated and supervised by Haeckel. The Krupp Prize competition and its subsequent publications mark a turning point in the acceptance of eugenics in Germany by giving it scientific legitimization, public relations and a budget. Ruppin's forgotten articles in Die Gegenwart reveal what his weltanschauung had been a few years prior to his activity in the Zionist movement. Realizing that he could only write anything important on Zionism, Ruppin concluded this reflective entry: The ideology of Zionism is a part of the sociology of the Jews, which I wrote.

Keywords:Krupp Prize; Ruppin; Weltanschauung; Zionist movement



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