Dieter Hoffmann: "Scientific Journeys in Bad Times or Scientific Diplomacy for Better Times"

  • Date: –15:00
  • Location: Engelska parken - The Rausing Room
  • Organiser: Department of History of Science and Ideas
  • Contact person: H. Otto Sibum
  • Seminarium

Office for History of Science

Dieter Hoffmann, MPI for the History of Science, Berlin: "Scientific Journeys in Bad Times or Scientific Diplomacy for Better Times. Trips of German Top Scientists to Sweden at the Dawn of the Third Reich."

Although trips abroad of scientists were heavily regulated in the Third Reich, the travel activities remained intense and far-reaching. This was particularly true for contacts with so-called "racially related peoples" as well as with political and military allies, but also with neutral countries such as Sweden. Even during the Second World War, not to mention the last period of the Third Reich, there was intensive travel activity by German scholars, including prominent scientists like the Nobel laureates Otto Hahn, Richard Kuhn, Max von Laue or Max Planck. The lecture will shed light on the general framework of scientific travel during the Nazi dictatorship, give an overview of the visits by prominent German scientists to Sweden and explain the scientific, ideological and political motives for these trips.