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Leibniz Universität Hannover Conducts Comprehensive
Review of Nazi Past

Report of the Senate Task Force on the Awarding and Withdrawal of Titles during the Nazi Era

Leibniz Universität Hannover is conducting a comprehensive review of a specific chapter in its history. Set up on the decision of the University Senate, the Task Force on the Awarding and Withdrawal of Titles during the Nazi Era reported today on the injustices caused by ideology at the Institute of Technology in the period of 1933 – 1945. The team investigated the negative effects of political, “racist”, or other discrimination based on Nazi ideology on academic positions, degrees and honours.
In a second stage the task force is to investigate and review the corresponding privileges awarded during this time.

In accordance with the moral and ethical objectives of its mission statement, Leibniz Universität Hannover is committed to a thorough investigation of the darkest chapter in its history in the years of National Socialist tyranny. It deeply regrets that any rehabilitation comes too late for those directly affected, but hopes that their personal reputation can be restored permanently in the eyes of the university and posterity.

The Senate and Presidential Board of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover unanimously adopted the following resolution:
“The damage to academic positions, degrees and honours based on the Nazi ideology of political, “racist”, or other discrimination carried out at the Institute of Technology, Hannover in the period of 1933 – 1945 represents acts of injustice which make a mockery of the law. They stand and stood at the time they occurred in clear contradiction to the principles of rule of law which were recognised even then. In particular they abused academic freedom, self-administration which safeguards this, and the fundamental values of the humanist academic university tradition.

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover as successor to the Institute of Technology, Hannover, therefore categorically condemns all Nazi-determined damage caused by organs of the Institute of Technology, and judges it to represent invalid acts of injustice from the outset.

Since it is impossible to undo the injustice of that time, it is the overriding concern of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover that all those who suffered damage at the Institute of Technology, Hannover should receive justice through the preservation of their personal and academic memory. For this reason, irrespective of whether some degree of rehabilitation has already occurred in individual cases, those known to have been victims of injustice will be named in a publically available report.

The resolution, which will be valid also for as yet unknown cases, requires the university to add to the list the names of those affected who are still to be uncovered.”

In this context, the Presidential Board and Senate are also considering further measures such as an exhibition to honour those affected and a memorial plaque.

Note to the editorial office:

For further information please contact Mechtild Freiin v. Münchhausen, Press Officer Leibniz Universität Hannover, Telephone: +49 511 762 5342 or E-Mail:
On request we would be pleased to send you the report of the Senate Task Force on the Awarding and Withdrawal of Titles during the Nazi Era.

Meldung vom 13.06.2012


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