The Politics of Memory: Otto Hahn and the Third Reich

  title={The Politics of Memory: Otto Hahn and the Third Reich},
  author={R. Sime},
  journal={Physics in Perspective},
  • R. Sime
  • Published 2006
  • Physics
  • Physics in Perspective
Abstract.As President of the Kaiser Wilhelm Society and its successor, the Max Planck Society, from 1946 until 1960, Otto Hahn (1879–1968) sought to portray science under the Third Reich as a purely intellectual endeavor untainted by National Socialism. I outline Hahn’s activities from 1933 into the postwar years, focusing on the contrast between his personal stance during the National Socialist period, when he distinguished himself as an upright non-Nazi, and his postwar attitude, which was… Expand
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