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Mathematicians Fleeing from Nazi Germany by Reinhard Siegmund-Schultze

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APPENDIX 4.3

Von Mises in His Diary about His Second Emigration, from Turkey to the USA, in 19391

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Von Mises had resigned his professorship at Istanbul out of protest that the contract for his long-term assistant and personal friend, Hilda Geiringer, was not renewed, and because he feared about his future in Turkey after the death of Atatürk (1938) and under the growing German pressure.2 He had received an invitation to the Harvard Engineering Department from the dean, Harald M. Westergaard, but without promise of pay. He traveled to an insecure future through Marseille, Paris, Le Havre to New York, and from there on to Boston. Here he met long-time friends such as the physicist Philipp Frank, colleagues like ...

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