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Mathematicians Fleeing from Nazi Germany by Reinhard Siegmund-Schultze

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THREE

Early Emigration

Exiles of German origin … as a class have contributed more to the upbuilding of science, agriculture and industry in the United States than the expatriates of any other nation.

—C. A. Browne 19401

The prospects for an academic career, particularly for the first steps, are considerably better in America than in Switzerland. The educational system may be worse for the persons affected than with us. But for the academic teachers the gradual ladder of remunerated positions, assistent [sic], assistent professor, associate professor, which all have their clearly defined tasks within the whole is undoubtedly very favorable, compared to our breadless private docents [Privatdozenten] without obligations.

—Hermann Weyl 19292

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