Moritz Julius Bonn – from Hohenems to the crisis of European democracy

Article publié le 11 April 2021

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As a child in Hohenems, he first breathed “an air hostile to customs”, writes the eminent economist, critic of colonialism and fighter for a plural democracy in his autobiography “This is how history is made”. During the summer holidays at his grandfather Marco Brunner’s house in the Jewish quarter of Hohenems, the Frankfurt native also learned to manage borders in an anti-authoritarian manner. Bonn was an exceptional liberal intellectual who embodied cosmopolitanism, pragmatic reason and a sense of justice. In 1933, the Nazis drove him from Berlin into exile in England, from where he organized the sale of the Brunner house to Hohenems in the 1950s.