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Manfred Voigts
Manfred Voigts (eds.)

Freie Wissenschaftliche Vereinigung

Eine Berliner anti-antisemitische Studentenorganisation stellt sich vor - 1908 und 1931



ISBN: 978-3-940793-30-0
230 pages
Release year 2008

Series: Pri ha-Pardes , 2

14,50 

Die Freie Wissenschaftliche Vereinigung (FWV, The Free Scholarly Association) was founded in 1881 as a student organization of the Berlin University – now called Humboldt University – and existed until its dissolution in 1933. This student organization aimed at confronting the anti-Jewish sentiments within universities in the course of the Berlin Antisemitism Dispute (Berliner Antisemitismusstreit) and was supported in the process by prominent professors, such as Theodor Mommsen and Rudolf Virchow. Die Freie Wissenschaftliche Vereinigung offered many distinguished scholars a first place of self realization, including among others Jakob van Hoddis, Kurt Hiller and Wilhelm Fliess. At conferences organized by the FWV many notable intellectuals addressed social, political and cultural issues of the time. The two so called ‘Pocketbooks’ (‘Taschenbücher’) dating back to the years 1908 and 1931 have been published here for the first time and contain not only self-portrayals of the association but also articles on contemporary discourses along with the lecturers’ names and subjects. Therefore, they make up important documents of the cultural history of the German Empire and the Weimar Republic. The history of the student organization, its significance concerning the history of German universities and the role of distinct members are valued highly in scientific articles.

Die Freie Wissenschaftliche Vereinigung (FWV, The Free Scholarly Association) was founded in 1881 as a student organization of the Berlin University – now called Humboldt University – and existed until its dissolution in 1933. This student organization aimed at confronting the anti-Jewish sentiments within universities in the course of the Berlin Antisemitism Dispute (Berliner Antisemitismusstreit) and was supported in the process by prominent professors, such as Theodor Mommsen and Rudolf Virchow. Die Freie Wissenschaftliche Vereinigung offered many distinguished scholars a first place of self realization, including among others Jakob van Hoddis, Kurt Hiller and Wilhelm Fliess. At conferences organized by the FWV many notable intellectuals addressed social, political and cultural issues of the time. The two so called ‘Pocketbooks’ (‘Taschenbücher’) dating back to the years 1908 and 1931 have been published here for the first time and contain not only self-portrayals of the association but also articles on contemporary discourses along with the lecturers’ names and subjects. Therefore, they make up important documents of the cultural history of the German Empire and the Weimar Republic. The history of the student organization, its significance concerning the history of German universities and the role of distinct members are valued highly in scientific articles.