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Per me si va tra la perduta gente. Der Briefwechsel der Botaniker Otto Renner und Alfred Ernst während der NS-Zeit


Haas, Henriette (2018). Per me si va tra la perduta gente. Der Briefwechsel der Botaniker Otto Renner und Alfred Ernst während der NS-Zeit. Annals of the History and Philosophy of Biology, 23:157-195.

Abstract

On an excursion to Indonesia 1930/31 the German Botanist Otto Renner and his Swiss colleague Alfred Ernst developed a friendship. Their mutual understanding allowed them to express their opposition against the Nazi-Regime in a dozen letters exchanged between 1933 and 1945. To encode their secret messages they used ambiguous citations, metaphors about “diseases” and “cures”, irony and presumable Freudian mistakes. From the take-over of the Nazis in Thüringen 1930 to the end of the war not a single year passed without Renner spiting the NS-apparatus at University of Jena in one way or
another. In Switzerland Ernst claimed (1936, 1939, 1941, 1942) human rights and equality in genetics and published studies about labile genes to challenge the dogmatic Mendelism of German race hygiene. Renner used the ‘völkisch’-oriented educational Journal “Der Biologe” to write subversive parodies about NS-ideology and its jargon (1936, 1944). Metaphorically speaking he hid inside a Nazi cell’s core, so as to spread his own dissenting information from there, like a virus spreads its DNA.

Abstract

On an excursion to Indonesia 1930/31 the German Botanist Otto Renner and his Swiss colleague Alfred Ernst developed a friendship. Their mutual understanding allowed them to express their opposition against the Nazi-Regime in a dozen letters exchanged between 1933 and 1945. To encode their secret messages they used ambiguous citations, metaphors about “diseases” and “cures”, irony and presumable Freudian mistakes. From the take-over of the Nazis in Thüringen 1930 to the end of the war not a single year passed without Renner spiting the NS-apparatus at University of Jena in one way or
another. In Switzerland Ernst claimed (1936, 1939, 1941, 1942) human rights and equality in genetics and published studies about labile genes to challenge the dogmatic Mendelism of German race hygiene. Renner used the ‘völkisch’-oriented educational Journal “Der Biologe” to write subversive parodies about NS-ideology and its jargon (1936, 1944). Metaphorically speaking he hid inside a Nazi cell’s core, so as to spread his own dissenting information from there, like a virus spreads its DNA.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords:code - opposition - nationalsocialism third reich - biology - genetics
Language:German
Date:2018
Deposited On:12 Mar 2020 15:31
Last Modified:07 Apr 2020 07:25
Publisher:Universitätsverlag Göttingen
ISSN:1863-0197
Additional Information:Erschienen: 2019
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.17875/gup2019-1172
Official URL:https://www.univerlag.uni-goettingen.de/handle/3/eissn-2512-5923_annals23

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