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ERIC Number: ED144488
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
University Government in Nazi Germany: The Example of Hamburg. Yale Higher Education Program Working Paper.
Giles, Geoffrey J.
Many apologies have been made for the part the German universities played in the Third Reich. The general stigma of having failed the people as intellectual leaders clung to the German academics for a long time. Their contention of helplessness before the forces of National Socialism gave rise to fears of similar weakness in the future. Although Hamburg is not altogether typical of the German universities at the time, a study of it as an example has some validity. Some important general and particular intra-state configurations of power between 1933 and 1945 can be demonstrated, and it can be seen that the professors were able to prevent much outside intrusion by the creation of new institutional forms through which they appeared to conform to the demands of the time but which they cleverly used to shift influence back to themselves. Of absolutely central importance were personalities who through their varying political abilities controlled the ups and downs of their institution. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: College Administration, Educational History, Foreign Countries, Governance, Government Role, Higher Education, Political Power, Postsecondary Education as a Field of Study, State Universities, World History
Program of Comparative and Historical Studies of Higher Education, Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Yale University, 1732 Yale Station, New Haven, Conn. 06520
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Lilly Endowment, Inc., Indianapolis, IN.
Authoring Institution: Yale Univ., New Haven, CT. Inst. for Social and Policy Studies.
Identifiers - Location: Germany