Savants Face Nazi Discipline
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self bound. He was no longer able to endure his position and offered his resignation and went abroad. He will retain in the annals of science, as in the history of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute, a place of honor. Therefore we reward loyalty with loyalty, and pay our earnest tribute at this moment to the German scholar and German soldier, Fritz Haber.”

Professor Otto Hahn, director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Chemistry, declared that without Professor Haber’s inventions Germany would have been crippled during the World War and the German success of the use of war gases was entirely due to the work of Dr. Haber, as was the German gas mask.


A few days ago, when plans for the Haber memorial meeting were well under way, Dr. Bernhard Rust, Nazi Minister of Education, circularized all German universities, stating that the proposed memorial was “a challenge to the Hitler regime.” All members of university faculties were forbidden to attend the memorial, but more than 500 crowded the meeting hall.

The German press was forbidden by Propaganda Minister Paul Goebbels to mention the Haber memorial in any way.

Dr. Haber died in Switzerland on February 1, 1934, at the age of sixty-five.

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