Some of the people portrayed are Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's mastermind; Jurgen Herbst, a Hitler youth; and Herschel Grynspan, the scapegoat who the Germans claimed was the spark who caused Krystallnacht
Realizing from the start, especially after Krystallnacht
that her Jewish friends and neighbors were disappearing, Anna attempts to hide a Jewish man she has fallen in love with.
In this book, Hand pursues a similar, biographical trajectory to that sketched out in the Reader: Beginning with Levinas' earliest writings--written in the uncertain days just prior to Krystallnacht
, when Levinas was a young student of Husserl's, writing a dissertation on the concept of intuition in phenomenology, and taking classes with Heidegger in Freiburg--his exposition pursues a fascinating series of critical engagements, starting from Levinas' early (and prophetic) critique of Heidegger's nascent fascism clear through to his intriguing debate with Derrida about alterity and temporality in the 80s.