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Carsten Wilke

] While Meisel’s enemies had claimed to uphold the values of independent scholarship against the boorish taste of the Pest nouveaux-riches , Meisel’s defenders pitted the democratic consensus against the power fantasies of a clique of press scribblers, whose arrogance was no less pathologic than it was pathetic. While Ben-Chananja provided Löw with a stable mouthpiece where he could make his friends and colleagues launch polemical attacks month after month, Meisel’s allies had to sell pamphlets and buy space in foreign periodicals; Kraus explicitly lamented that