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Title:Friedrich Rudolf Lehmann from Leipzig to Potchefstroom University: scholarly committed, ethically ambivalent
Author:Jansen van Rensburg, N.S.
Year:2015
Periodical:Anthropology Southern Africa (ISSN 2332-3264)
Volume:38
Issue:3-4
Pages:198-215
Language:English
Geographic terms:South Africa
Germany
Subjects:academics
anthropology
political ideologies
About person:Friedrich Rudolf Lehmann (1887-)
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/23323256.2015.1079140
Abstract:While Friedrich Rudolf Lehmann, Potchefstroom's first 'volkekunde' [ethnology] professor, worked and associated with well-known and ardent supporters of the Nazi government in Germany, his German colleagues critiqued his lukewarm commitment to Nazism. Later, this political ambivalence also marked his time in apartheid South Africa. This paper is an examination of how one ethnologist, caught between the two regimes of National Socialism and apartheid, managed to negotiate his way through them. Lehmann's political choices exemplify a person who does not oppose regimes head-on, but uses the opportunities they present to further his own academic career. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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