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Collection Hannah Arendt Papers

Hannah Arendt Timeline

A brief chronology of the key events in the life and career of political philosopher Hannah Arendt (1906-1975).

Hannah Arendt (1906-1975)

  1. 1906, Oct. 14

    Born, Hannover, Germany.

    Hannah Arendt, with her mother, Martha Arendt Beerwald, 1912. Courtesy of the Hannah Arendt Trust.
  2. 1928

    Ph.D., Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany.

  3. 1929

    Published Der Liebesbegriff bei Augustin (Berlin: Springer Verlag).

    Married Günther Stern (divorced 1937).

    Günther Stern and Hannah Arendt, ca. 1929. Courtesy of the Hannah Arendt Trust.
  4. 1933

    Moved to Paris, France.

  5. 1935-1939

    Secretary general, Youth Aliyah, Jewish Agency for Palestine, Paris, France.

  6. 1938-1939

    Special agent for rescue of Jewish children from Austria and Czechoslovakia.

  7. 1940

    Married Heinrich Blücher (died 1970).

    Sent to an internment camp, Gurs, France.

    Hannah and Heinrich Blücher, New York, ca. 1950. Courtesy of the Hannah Arendt Trust.
  8. 1941

    Emigrated with her husband to the United States, and settled in New York, N. Y.

  9. 1941-1945


  10. 1944-1946

    Research director, Conference on Jewish Relations.

  11. 1946-1948

    Chief editor, Schocken Books.

  12. 1949-1952

    Executive director, Jewish Cultural Reconstruction.

  13. 1951

    Published The Origins of Totalitarianism (New York: Harcourt, Brace).

    Became a United States citizen.

  14. 1952

    Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship.

  15. 1953

    Delivered Christian Gauss lectures, Princeton University, Princeton, N. J.

  16. 1954

    National Institute of Arts and Letters grant.

  17. 1955

    Visiting professor, University of California, Berkeley.

    Hannah Arendt lecturing in Germany, 1955. Courtesy of the Hannah Arendt Trust.
  18. 1956

    Delivered Walgreen Foundation Lecture, University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.

  19. 1957

    Published Rahel Varnhagen, the Life of a Jewess; translated from the German by Richard and Clara Winston (London: Published for the Leo Baeck Institute by the East and West Library).

  20. 1958

    Published The Human Condition (Chicago: University of Chicago Press).

  21. 1959

    Visiting professor, Princeton University, Princeton, N. J.

  22. 1960

    Visiting professor, Columbia University, New York, N. Y.

  23. 1961

    Visiting professor of humanities, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.

    Published Between Past and Future (New York: Viking Press).

  24. 1961-1962

    Fellow, Center for Advanced Studies, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn.

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  25. 1963

    Published Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil (New York: Viking Press).

    Eichmann in Jerusalem, typescripts for the book and the version published in the New Yorker, 1963

    Published On Revolution (New York: Viking Press).

    On Revolution (New York: Viking Press)

  26. 1963-1975

    Professor and visiting lecturer, Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.

  27. 1967

    Received Sigmund Freud Prize of the German Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung.

  28. 1967-1975

    University professor of philosophy, New School for Social Research, New York, N.Y.

  29. 1968

    Published Men in Dark Times (New York: Harcourt, Brace & World).

  30. 1969

    Awarded Emerson-Thoreau Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


  31. 1969-1975

    Associate Fellow, Calhoun College, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.

  32. 1970

    Published On Violence (New York: Harcourt, Brace & World).

  33. 1972

    Published Crises of the Republic (New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich).

  34. 1972-1975

    Member, Advisory Council of the Department of Philosophy, Princeton University, Princeton, N. J.

  35. 1973-1974

    Delivered Gifford Lectures, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland.

  36. 1975

    Awarded Sonning Prize in Denmark.


  37. 1975, Dec. 4

    Died, New York, N. Y.

    Hannah Arendt, just prior to her death in 1975. Courtesy of the Hannah Arendt Trust.
  38. 1978

    Posthumous publication of The Jew as Pariah, edited with an introduction by Ron H. Feldman (New York: Grove Press).

    Posthumous publication of The Life of the Mind (New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich).

  39. 1982

    Posthumous publication of Lectures on Kant's Political Philosophy, edited with an interpretive essay by Ronald Beiner (Chicago: University of Chicago Press).

    Kant lectures delivered at the New School for Social Research, 1970

  40. 1994

    Posthumous publication of Essays in Understanding, 1930-1954, edited by Jerome Kohn (New York: Harcourt, Brace & Co.).

  41. 1996

    Posthumous publication of Love and Saint Augustine, edited and with an interpretive essay by Joanna Vecchiarelli Scott and Judith Chelius Stark (Chicago: University of Chicago Press).

    Publication of Hannah Arendt/Heinrich Blücher: Briefe 1936-1968, edited and with an introduction by Lotte Kohler (Munich: Piper. 596 pp.); translated into English by Peter Constantine and published in 2000 as Within Four Walls: The Correspondence between Hannah Arendt and Heinrich Blücher, 1936-1968 (New York: Harcourt. 459 pp.)