Martin Heidegger, preeminent philosopher of Weimar Germany, nurtured the mind of the young Hannah Arendt. Though married with children, he also initiated an affair with her, which continued till just before the Nazis came to power. Heidegger, newly appointed rector of Freiburg University, purged its faculty of Jews. Arendt escaped, becoming a major figure in American intellectual life. After the war, she supported Heidegger's ouster from his academic chair, but then, startlingly, relented after a meeting with him and urged... More >>>