November 1, 2012
Vienna, Gas, and the Jews

Walter Benjamin to Margarette Steffin (June 1939):

Karl Kraus died too soon after all. Listen to this: the Vienna gas board has stopped supplying gas to Jews. A consequence of the gas consumption of the Jewish population was that the gas company lost money, since it was precisely the biggest users who did not pay their bills. The Jews preferred to use the gas to commit suicide.

H/t a reader of my blog.

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