Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Inside Germany, 1914–1918

One of the most insightful accounts of life inside Germany, 1914–1918,  was a paper with that title read to the Chicago Literary Club in April 1941 by law and political science professor Max Rheinstein of the University of Chicago. He had lived in Germany throughout the war, served in uniform in its last stages, and had emigrated to the United States in 1933. His paper can be downloaded HERE, but perhaps before reading his account here's a little information from Wikipedia on Rheinstein's interesting career.

Professor Rheinstein
Max Rheinstein was born on 5 July 1899, in Bad Kreuznach, the only son of wine merchant Ferdinand Rheinstein (1842–1904) and Rosalie Bernheim (1858–1928). He fought in the German Army in World War I and subsequently studied law at the University of Munich. In the spring of 1919 Rheinstein participated in the overthrow of the Bavarian Soviet Republic. Becoming an assistant of Ernst Rabel, Rheinstein received his doctorate in law in 1924. He subsequently followed Rabel to Berlin as a research lecturer at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Foreign and International Private Law, where he supervised the institute library. He joined the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) in 1928.

Unlike other SPD members and Jews, Rheinstein was not dismissed from his position after the Nazi seizure of power, due to the fact that he had fought the Bavarian Soviet Republic in 1919. In February 1933, he received a scholarship from the Rockefeller Foundation, and emigrated to the United States, where he began working at Columbia Law School. In 1936 he was appointed Max Pam Professor of American and Foreign Law and Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago Law School, a position he held until his retirement in 1968. Rheinstein became an American citizen in 1940. After World War II, Rheinstein returned to Germany, where he was a member of the Legal Division of the Office of Military Government and served in a division of the Allied Control Council in Berlin.

In 1953, Rheinstein was awarded the Ordre des Palmes académiques and the Great Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1954. Until 1968 he was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Rheinstein moved to Palo Alto, California, in 1976 for health reasons. He died in Bad Gastein, Austria on 9 July 1977.

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1 comment:

  1. What an excellent read--thank you for sharing!