“Between Two Worlds” Hans Gerth: Eine Biografie 1908–1978 by Nobuko Gerth

By Nobuko Gerth

Dieses Jahrbuch veröffentlicht erstmalig - in englischer Sprache- die zusammenhängende Biografie des Sozialwissenschaftlers Hans Gerth. Es ist das intellektuelle Porträt eines der letzten Mannheim-Schüler und namhaften sozialwissenschaftlichen Emigrées und zugleich angesichts des verarbeiteten bisher unbekannten Korrespondenzmaterials ein Zeitdokument ersten Ranges.

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He thus finally managed to solve the problem of the examination, but not the problem of money. The reason his Dr. Phil. diploma was not issued shortly after his successful examination was simple: he had no money to have his dissertation printed in the required quantities of nearly 200 copies. He had to ask for an extension of the printing of his dissertation three times. "2 He finally managed to have it printed with the help of his future fiancee by VDI-Verlag in Berlin in December 1935, almost two years after his successful examination.

Scheffer directed Korn to answer this letter. Korn defended Gerth's articJe by saying that the important part of the piece was on "Nietzsche and depth psychology," and defended the editorial poJicy of the paper by posing a counter question: "Isn't it better to treat the themes which have been pushed back lately, and to keep them alive 96 97 Boveri, Wir lügen, 476. 198. ,,98 For the very same reason, they printed an obituary on Ernst Barlach and on Max Liebermann. They feIt it was important to keep such names in the public consciousness.

11 January 1974. Greffrath. 86f. ,,44 The most enthusiastic personal opinion was written by Alfred von Martin. In a lengthy testimonial, he reiterated that Gerth had a real gift to become a sociologist and that he was a man made to pursue a scientific career45 . Despite these strang recommendations by his former professors, Gerth did not succeed in receiving a grant to go to England. It could be because there were more than enough Jewish scholars who needed to be helped to get out of Germany. *** Mannheim received the chair of Professor of Sociology in the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt in January 1930, succeeding Franz Oppenheimer.

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