Nexus Lecture Elisabeth Mann Borgese -

12 May 1999
Tilburg University

The Years of My Life

In analogy to Thomas Mann’s famous lecture The Years of My Life (1950), his daughter, Elisabeth Mann Borgese, contemplates the times in which she lived. She remembers her youth, marked by World War ii and exile in the United States, and describes how postwar American and European intellectuals laid the foundations of an international body of law, inspired by a world federalist ideal. Mann Borgese points out that times have changed to the extent that man has become conscious of the importance of nature and environment.

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Journal Nexus
2010 or Earlier

Nexus 24

De herinnering

De herinnering

Dutch publication containing the Nexus Lecture 1999 of Elisabeth Mann Borgese, the daughter of the German writer Thomas Mann and an essay from Avishai Margalit on the ethics of memory.



Germany, 1918 - 2002

Elisabeth Mann Borgese

Thomas Mann's youngest daughter, environmental expert and political scientist