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Dagobert D. Runes


Dagobert D. Runes

Dagobert David Runes
Born (1902-01-06)January 6, 1902
Zastavna, Bukovina, Austro-Hungary (now Ukraine)
Died September 24, 1982(1982-09-24) (aged 80)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Known for Founder of the Philosophical Library

Dagobert David Runes (January 6, 1902 – September 24, 1982) was a Albert Einstein.[2]

Runes published an English translation of Marx's On the Jewish Question under the title A World without Jews. Though this has often been considered the first translation of the work, a Soviet anti-zionist, propaganda version had existed a few years earlier, which was likely unknown to Runes. As the title of Rune's book sounded antisemitic, it had extremely limited circulation in the English-speaking world. Runes wrote an introduction to the translation that was clearly antagonistic to extreme Marxism, and 'its materialism,' as he would later often put it, yet he did not entirely negate Marxism. He also edited several works presenting the ideas and history of philosophy to a general audience, especially his Dictionary of Philosophy.

He spoke and wrote unpublished letters about his extensive research into the censorship by the Jewish history, which as he studied he realized was far more prolific than almost anyone realized. Early versions of the Nicene Creed, for example, instituted laws such as "You shall apply all negative to that pernicious race [Jews], and all positive will be applied to the poor of the Roman Christians"; and Justinian I banned any Jewish language, which is rarely noted. The extensive antisemitism in the Theodosian Code was later censored in some works. Jews were barred from many fields which did not fit into the stereotypes portrayed in annual Good Friday passion plays, such as being tax collectors or money traders. (Another minor example was that in medieval Sweden, Jews were only allowed to trade used clothes, so that their social status would remain beneath the Christians). He also listed holidays where young energetic parishioners were directed to strike the first elderly Jews they saw upon leaving the Church, specifically in the nose, where blood would be readily observed. Runes' love for the Latin language greatly facilitated this research.

Dagobert Runes moved to the United States with his wife Mary Gronich-Runes. They remarried in NYC in 1929 and remained married until Mary's death. They had two children, Regeen and Richard. His mother was murdered in an anti-Semitic riot following the Holocaust; almost his entire family and their circle of friends were killed in the Holocaust.


  • Selected works 1
  • Sources 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Selected works

  • Dictionary of Philosophy (editor) Philosophical Library, 1942.
  • Jordan Lieder: Frühe Gedichte (in German) The Philosophical Library, 1948.
  • Letters to My Son The Philosophical Library, 1949.
  • Letters to My Daughter The Philosophical Library, 1954.
  • The Hebrew Impact on Western Civilization The Philosophical Library, 1951.
  • Spinoza Dictionary The Philosophical Library, 1951.
  • On the Nature of Man The Philosophical Library, 1956.
  • Treasury of Philosophy (editor) The Philosophical Library, 1955.
  • Pictorial History of Philosophy (editor) The Philosophical Library, 1959.
  • A Dictionary of Thought (editor) Philosophical Library, 1959.
  • A World without Jews (translator) The Philosophical Library, 1959.
  • The Art of Thinking The Philosophical Library, 1961.
  • A Treasury of World Science (editor) The Philosophical Library, 1962.
  • "Despotism: A Pictorial History of Tyranny" (author) The Philosophical Library, 1963 Library of Congress Card catalog #62-22269
  • The Disinterested and the Law The Philosophical Library, 1964.


  • Ulrich E Bach. “Dagobert D. Runes: Ein streitbarer Verleger in New York.” [1] In: Deutschsprachige Exilliteratur seit 1933 3/I USA Supplement. Ed. John M. Spalek, Konrad Feilchenfeldt and Sandra H. Hawrylchak. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2010: 278-295.
  • Pictorial History of Philosophy by Dagobert D. Runes, 1959.


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  2. ^ Einstein wrote quotes for the covers of many of his works, including one on his book The War Against The Jews front inner flap "His views are the closest to mine... the historical treatment of Jews by Christians is the most egregious example of man's inhumanity to their fellow man..."

External links

  • Works by or about Dagobert D. Runes at Internet Archive
  • Dictionary of Philosophy
  • Correspondence with Einstein
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