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By Reinhard Siegmund-Schultze

The emigration of mathematicians from Europe throughout the Nazi period signaled an irrevocable and critical old shift for the overseas arithmetic global. Mathematicians Fleeing from Nazi Germany is the 1st completely documented account of this exodus. during this significantly accelerated translation of the 1998 German version, Reinhard Siegmund-Schultze describes the flight of greater than one hundred forty mathematicians, their purposes for leaving, the political and monetary concerns concerned, the reception of those emigrants by way of a number of nations, and the emigrants' carrying on with contributions to arithmetic. The inflow of those incredible thinkers to different countries profoundly reconfigured the maths international and vaulted the U.S. right into a new management position in arithmetic examine. in keeping with archival resources that experience by no means been tested ahead of, the booklet discusses the preeminent emigrant mathematicians of the interval, together with Emmy Noether, John von Neumann, Hermann Weyl, and so on. the writer explores the mechanisms of the expulsion of mathematicians from Germany, the emigrants' acculturation to their new host international locations, and the fates of these mathematicians compelled to stick at the back of. The publication finds the alienation and team spirit of the emigrants, and investigates the worldwide improvement of arithmetic due to their radical migration. An in-depth but available examine arithmetic either as a systematic company and human pastime, Mathematicians Fleeing from Nazi Germany offers a shiny photo of a severe bankruptcy within the historical past of foreign technology.

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27 Economic reasons, which in a certain sense are certainly also political, were becoming less an issue with the partial recovery of the economy in Nazi Germany in the late 1930s, when the chances for mathematicians, who were “Aryan” by Nazi standard, gradually improved. 28 See particularly chapter 3 on early emigration. 29 But von Kármán’s relations with emigrants as documented in his rich archives at the California Institute of Technology are a crucial source also for the present book. 30 There is no way of considering refugees such as Richard von Mises as “voluntary” emigrants, even if, to the outsider, they were the ones who abandoned their appointments in 1933 or later.

There were, though, early emigrants in mathematics such as Theodor Estermann (1902–1991), Hans Freudenthal (1905–1990), Eberhard Hopf (1902–1983), Heinz Hopf (1894–1971), Chaim (Hermann) Müntz (1884– 1956), Wilhelm Maier (1896–1990), and Abraham Plessner (1900–1961), who left for predominantly economic reasons and out of concern for their scientific careers. Some of them are—partly without their approval— treated as refugees from the Nazi regime in other historical accounts. This happened, for instance, with Estermann, Freudenthal, and Müntz (Pinl/Furtmüller 1973), although Estermann had left for London in 1926, Müntz for Leningrad in 1929, and Freudenthal for Amsterdam in 1930.

4 • Chapter 1 France. The latter fell under German rule between 1939 and 1940, and French mathematicians suffered various forms of expulsion. The chances of emigration14 worsened considerably at that time, mainly due to the current prevailing conditions of war. Although in Germany and Austria the expulsions had not been restricted to anti-Semitic purges either, in occupied countries such as Poland the Nazi policies of racial cleansing extended in many cases to whole social groups, in particular intellectuals.

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