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It's this, might be, that lends a few conceptual justification to the teasing out of a Jewish sensibility. in fact, if one desires to learn the radical as an allegory, the German baroness Thea serves because the brutal and unrelenting germanism that first woos after which oppresses the blameless Jew. through the occasions of Vogel’s sojourn in Vienna, town used to be already rising from its fin-de-siècle ferment, the “joyful apocalypse,” as characterised through Herman Broch in an oxymoron that embodied all of the city’s paradoxes and contradictions. Married existence communicates Vogel’s belief of the city’s position in social and mental breakdown. within the overdue Nineteen Twenties, it was once nonetheless ache the scars of the conflict, “burdened by way of day-by-day cares, boredom or just worry. . . . The rootlessness grew even worse after the conflict till it appears a lot of these everyone is truly sorry they survived” (ML 75). might be by reason of the conflict, town bred “suicide, insanity, masochism, prostitution, loss of life, like an city nightmare. Perversion of the norm inside and out” (ML 159–160). The journalist Ferdinand Kürnberger shaped his personal evaluate: “laziness, frivolity, vulgarity, ethical degradation, unmanly childishness, depraved lust after excitement, panting after smut, worship of dust, hatred of tradition, callous, dissolute, self-glorifying, absolute shabbiness. ”19 Gurdweill meditates on Vienna’s experience of desolation, within the air, of a dreary, futile, hopeless poverty, of a profound and everlasting distress, which used to be hidden by way of day and now crawled out of its holes and uncovered itself boldly in all its nakedness, David Vogel >> 191 breaking out of the silent homes and the wretched creatures left on the street, welling up from the very paving stones. the opposite facet of lifestyles published itself, just like the shabby lining of a garment which appeared good sufficient at the open air. (ML 403) but this entirely damaging Vienna draws Gurdweill, because it did Vogel on his arrival there within the iciness of 1912. On December thirteen, 1912, the twenty-two-year-old Vogel exults in his diary, “Ha-ha-ha, eventually I’m in Vienna. ” presently he starts off to bitch approximately starvation, homelessness, and exhaustion after having traversed the town for plenty of days searching for paintings and accommodations. at the present, poverty and the housing trouble in Vienna have been so acute that even the local community have been pressured to dwell in caves dug in railway embankments, in boats, and in hiding areas below the bridges and to sleep in rented mattress house. Vogel confesses to his diary that he's weary of existence and able to die (within ten days of his arrival! ). The diary’s leitmotif from that time is continuing starvation, homelessness, exhaustion, a type of ennui, and loneliness. He considers suicide yet notes, regardless of his past access, that he desires to reside, emphasised by means of exclamation issues. He has no neighbors, no cash, and no accommodations. For a short time, through the Zionist congress, he unearths paintings as a porter; he eats in public soup kitchens and sleeps in homeless shelters with “a thousand gentiles”: “I dwell the lifetime of a shnorrer—will it usually be like this?