Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology allows Nazi past of former … – Badische Zeitung

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04th November 2015


For nearly three years makes the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) develop an opinion, has the potential stressful moments of the past of the former management staff in the Nazi era the subject. The suspicion seems to harden that the 1956 as “reactor station” and later as the Nuclear Research Center firmierende precursor of the Institute in the early days was literally a melting pot for Nazi military.

Well, the result of the merger of the University and the former Research Center in 2009 Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) of its own genesis was rather become aware of by accident. 2012 made the university the name of their appointed since the founding honorary senators on the Internet. Here critics quickly fell into the eye that even the 1969 Honorary Senator of the University appointed former head of the research center, Rudolf Greifeld, was on the list – as well as the accused in war crimes trial Nazi politician Robert Ley. Against Greifeld it had already given to the end of his term early 1970s allegations that he had participated as a war Board in occupied Greater Paris on anti-Semitic decrees.
Here are honorary senators usually honorable personalities of public life, in the case of KIT example people like Max Grundig or Franz Burda. Although Greifelds accomplishments in building of the research center are undisputed; no less than 18 years he has been since it was founded in 1956 in the Official. But the knowledge of his past sparked consternation in retrospect. In 1974 the Nazi-hunter Beate Klarsfeld had alerted her husband Serge Klarsfeld on tangles Greifelds. Greifeld is still regarded as “important patron of nuclear research.” His former deputy in the management, Walther Schnurr, worked for the Ministry of Aviation of Hermann Göring already in weapons development. The former personnel director of the research center, Schaible, was a member of the Waffen SS
At least you had met in Karlsruhe a decision:. Thanks to its upright in space accusations “lies” since 2013 Honorary Senator of Greifeld, who had died in Karlsruhe in 1984 , In addition to the advanced study job to working in Dusseldorf and Jülich historian Bernd-A. Rusinek. This now applies to “the entire management staff” founding years.

Criticism was kindled again and again at the time of the expert work. Apparently, since September is now the originally for late 2014 announced opinion on the Nazi past Greifelds the organs. The at least one confirmed at KIT. A decision is probably to be expected at the earliest in a few months.

On several occasions the established years ago ethics committee of the Institute had discussed the case. They did so just in the same week when the Karlsruhe Town Hall for the first time the “Whistleblower Award” of the Association of German Scientists (VDW) was awarded – where the name Greifeld came up. The Karlsruhe Town Hall Chef Frank Mentrup (SPD), had considered the posthumous awarding of said prize at the former German-Jewish employee of the research center, Léon Gruenbaum “as an opportunity for the regeneration of local history”. The 2004 deceased Gruenbaum had first to possible involvement of his ex-boss Greifeld noted years ago in the territories occupied by Nazi soldiers in World War II Greater Paris.

For specific deadlines for deciding if one is at KIT currently not comment further. Also not on whether the report produced will be made available to the public later. Be consulted on the report, the Bureau and the Senate. On December 8, again meets the ethics committee.

From the turn of the year 1956/57 the previously active in the ministry of economic affairs lawyer Greifeld directed the construction of the nuclear research center in the municipality district Eggenstein- Leopoldshafen north of Karlsruhe. Until 1966, 50 buildings were erected, including 15 scientific institutes, a dozen specialized laboratories, several bunkered building for reactors. There also the reprocessing plant and the Institute for Transuranium Elements were settled later. Until 1966, federal and state governments invested for 722 million marks.

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