Fritz Haber commemorated

1935

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Photo: Fritz Haber, Archives of the Max Planck Society.

The chemist and Nobel laureate Fritz Haber was one of the key protagonists of German research in the eyes of his contemporaries. After 20 years directorship, he resigned the office of Institute Director in protest against the anti-Semitic agitation and died a broken man in Basel in 1934. One year later, the Kaiser Wilhelm Society, together with the German Chemical Society and the German Physics Society, organized an event to commemorate Haber in Harnack House. The Nazis summoned President Planck to the Ministry. Minister Rust did not dare to ban the event but instead banned all professors and civil servants from attending. However, they were represented at the ceremony by their wives, foreign diplomats, journalists and Supporting Members of the Society.

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