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Hannah Arendt was born on October 14, 1906, in Hanover, in Wilhelmine Germany. After graduating from high school in Koenigsberg in 1924, Arendt began to study theology that fall at the University of Marburg, where she met the young philosopher Martin Heidegger. Her brief but passionate affair with Heidegger, began in 1925 but ended when she went on to study at the University of Heidelberg with Karl Jaspers. Because of the Nazi persecution in late nineteen thirties, she fled first to France, and then to the United States, where she obtained her citizenship and spent her rest of her life.


Arendt is a well-known German-American philosopher and political theorist. Some of her best known books are The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951),The Human Condition (1958), Between Past and Future (1961), and On Revolution (1968). Her books could be characterized by a yearning to reconstruct political philosophy rather than to explore the devolution of political history.