© 2012

Transcending Tradition

Jewish Mathematicians in German-Speaking Academic Culture

  • Birgit Bergmann
  • Moritz Epple
  • Ruti Ungar

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    1. Moritz Epple
      Pages 1-9
  3. From Exclusion to Acceptance, from Acceptance to Persecution

  4. People

    1. Birgit Bergmann
      Pages 32-43
  5. 3

    1. Annette Vogt
      Pages 44-55
    2. David E. Rowe, Erhard Scholz
      Pages 56-78
    3. Walter Purkert
      Pages 88-113
    4. Moritz Epple
      Pages 114-133
  6. Writings

    1. Walter Purkert
      Pages 134-157
  7. Professional Commitment

    1. Moritz Epple, Volker R. Remmert
      Pages 158-185
  8. Mathematics in Culture

    1. Birgit Bergmann
      Pages 186-197
  9. Academic Anti-Semitism

    1. Annette Vogt
      Pages 198-213
  10. Dismissal and Exile

    1. Annette Vogt
      Pages 214-241
  11. Jewish Émigré Mathematicians and Germany

    1. Volker R. Remmert
      Pages 242-271
  12. In Memoriam

    1. Birgit Bergmann, Moritz Epple, Ruti Ungar
      Pages 272-272
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 274-289

About this book


A companion publication to the international exhibition "Transcending Tradition: Jewish Mathematicians in German-Speaking Academic Culture", the catalogue explores the working lives and activities of Jewish mathematicians in German-speaking countries during the period between the legal and political emancipation of the Jews in the 19th  century and their persecution in Nazi Germany. It highlights the important role Jewish mathematicians played in all areas of mathematical culture during the Wilhelmine Empire and the Weimar Republic, and  recalls their emigration, flight or death after 1933.


German history History of mathematics Jewish history Mathematicians Persecution and expulsion

Editors and affiliations

  • Birgit Bergmann
    • 1
  • Moritz Epple
    • 1
  • Ruti Ungar
    • 1
  1. 1.Historisches Seminar WissenschaftsgeschichteGoethe-Universität Frankfurt am MainFrankfurt am MainGermany

About the editors

Birgit Bergmann, Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany Moritz Epple, Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany Ruti Ungar, Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

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From the book reviews:

“The book is a companion publication to an international exhibition with the same name as the title of the book. … It is divided into ten sections, corresponding to the ten sections of the exhibition. … The reviewer recommends the book under review for all university libraries, as well as for those individuals who have an interest in either mathematicians in modern Germany or Jewish mathematicians.” (Henry E. Heatherly, Mathematical Reviews, May, 2014)

“This is the English translation and extension of a German catalogue … . The main goal is to remind scientists and an interested broader public of the fact that mathematical life in pre-1933 Germany was to a considerable extent German-Jewish mathematical life, before it was destroyed by the Nazis. … gives literature for further study and important stimuli both for the memory of an irretrievable past and for a discussion of conclusions for the future interface between mathematics and society and culture at large.” (Reinhard Siegmund-Schultze, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1234, 2012)