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Mathematicians Fleeing from Nazi Germany by Reinhard Siegmund-Schultze

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The Impact of Immigration on AmericanMathematics

The enrichment of American scholarship as a result of this emigration can scarcely be overstated….

To use this particular discipline [mathematics] as an illustration, one may cite the brilliant faculty in mathematical research which had been developed at the University of Göttingen, ironically enough with funds supplied by the International Education Board in 1926, and which was dispersed in the thirties almost en masse. If Hitler had set out with benevolent intent to build up America as the world’s great mathematical center, he could hardly have achieved more successfully the result which his ruthlessness accomplished. Welcomed in the universities of the United States, a substantial portion ...

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