German Refugee Historians and Friedrich Meinecke: Letters by by Gerhard A. Ritter, translated by Alex Skinner

By by Gerhard A. Ritter, translated by Alex Skinner

The e-book offers with the connection among Friedrich Meinecke, who's usually thought of to be the major German historian of the 1st half the 20th century, and a number of other of his scholars who, after the Nazi seizure of energy, have been pressured to to migrate as a result of their Jewish descent or their political beliefs. The letters released right here to Meinecke from Hans Rothfels, Dietrich Gerhard, Hajo Holborn, Felix Gilbert, Hans Rosenberg, and others convey those students' deep admire for his or her previous instructor, but in addition their transforming into distance from his old pursuits and techniques. In a interval of fight among democracy and Nazi dictatorship, the letters deal with the issues of emigration and remigration, German-Jewish and German-American identification, and historiography in either Germany and the us.

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On a card to Brackmann of 13 June 1933, he wrote: “There can be no doubt that this spring has inflicted upon us certain things for which we could not have been prepared, but an intervention of the kind we have just seen also puts the real dimensions of life back in their proper place and makes the problems that people cause one another seem smaller” (Brackmann papers, vol. 29). 81 Meinecke to Rothfels, 8 April 1934, in: Meinecke Werke, vol. 6: Ausgewählter Briefwechsel, p. 145. 82 Haar, “Anpassung und Versuchung”, p.

It is impossible”, he wrote to the publishers on 25 October 1934, “for me to agree to the conditions laid down by Herr Berve. Even if I could renounce my own past, they would embroil me in ever more clashes with his most likely increasing demands. In conversation with me, he described an immediate ‘abrupt Gleichschaltung’ of the HZ as undesirable. ”41 Finally, by speaking out firmly against a savage attack by leading Nazi historian Walter Frank on his Berlin colleague Hermann Oncken in the HZ,42 Meinecke obstructed the publisher’s plans to oust him as editor and replace him with a Nazi-inclined historian with as little fuss as possible, something they were keen to do in order to avoid negative perceptions in other countries, as well among the historical fraternity in Germany.

Einecke] believe that social policy and the Anti-Socialist Law can be considered separately? And how can he smooth the way for those (G. ” Nonetheless, he refrained from asking for a vote of academic confidence and probing into the “underlying politics” of the situation. 74 This was essentially correct. 75 Rothfels failed 76 to stop Mayer’s rival project. The Nazi seizure of power then made it impossible for either project to be completed. Both politically and academically, Rothfels and Meinecke were leagues apart at the time.

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