German Scholars in Exiledeals with intellectuals who fled Nazi Germany and found refuge in either the United States or in American Services in Great Britain and post-WWII Germany. The volume focuses on scholars who were outside the commonly known Max Horkheimer-Hannah Arendt circles, who are less well-known but not less important. Their experiences ranged from an outstanding career at an Ivy-League university to a return to the German Democratic Republic and a position as an economic advisor to East Berlin's party leadership. None had actual political power, but many asserted some degree of influence. Their intellecutal legacies can still be seen in today's political culture.
This collection of essays profiles ten exiled German and Austrian intellectuals who, the editors claim, are “less well-known but not less important figures” (ix) than contemporaries such as Hannah Arendt or Max Horkheimer. The book complements and expands upon the analyses in David Kettler and Gerhard Lauer’s edited volume Exile, Science, and Bildung: The Contested Legacies of German Émigré Intellectuals (New York, 2005). The essays vary in length and depth, ranging from brief sketches to lengthier analyses.
Axel Fair-Schulzis assistant professor of history at The State University of New York at Potsdam and author of Loyal Subversion: East Germany and its bildungsbYrgerlich Marxist Intellectuals. Mario Kessler is associate professor of contemporary history at University of Potsdam and author of Historia magistra vitae? +ber Geschichtswissenschaft und politische Bildung.