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Slochower, H. (1971). Hitler's ‘Elevation’ of the Jew: Ego-Splitting and Ego-Function. Am. Imago, 28(4):304-318.

(1971). American Imago, 28(4):304-318

Hitler's ‘Elevation’ of the Jew: Ego-Splitting and Ego-Function

Harry Slochower


Dear Judas be comforted at last….

You and I remain yet,

Re-dreaming under the moon our passions: but all this play is played out and all these people have been dead

A forest of years. The kiss comes next. What, must I prompt you?


I know you are neither God nor God's son.

But you are my God. [He kisses him],…


To other men I say Be merciful, to you alone Be cruel. Life is not to be lived without some balance….


I am one of those that love him more nearly Than their own lives …”

(From Robinson Jeffers' Dear Judas and Other Poems, New York: Horace Livright 1929, pp. 9ff.—For an evocation of an analogous libidinal relationship, see the poem “Saint Judas” by James Wright, Collected Poems, Wesleyan University Press, 1971 and the short story by Katherine Ann Porter Flowering Judas in which the lady protagonist identifies herself with Judas).

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