Richard-KalergiBorn in Tokyo, Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi set out to comprehend and shape our most curious world. His parents were Mitsuko Aoyama, one of the first Japanese people to emigrate to Europe, and Heinrich von Coudenhove-Kalergi, an Austrian diplomat and progeny of the Coudenhove-Kalergi family, with roots in Greek and Brabantian nobility, who is said to have spoken 18 languages. In his seminal treatment of Antisemitism, Heinrich deconstructs ancient Christian misconceptions and prejudices (introduction and preface). Inspired by Nietzsche, Richard continues to describe the ethics of the new world (Ethik und Hyperethik) as well as its future (Praktischer Idealismus), and set in motion the unification of Europe. He also first proposed Beethoven’s Ode to Joy as its anthem:

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