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Mathematicians Fleeing from Nazi Germany by Reinhard Siegmund-Schultze

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Preface

IN NOVEMBER 1934, Richard Courant, a German mathematician driven out of Göttingen and now living in New York City, commented on his long-time friend Wolfgang Sternberg’s book project with the following words:

An extensive manuscript by Sternberg on the calculus of probability is already at the printing-house of Vieweg’s and should have appeared a long time ago. However, in spite of an existing contract, the publisher Vieweg decided to stop the printing at the last moment, pointing to problems of publishing a book by a non-Aryan author at this time. I believe, that for that reason the mathematical public has lost a useful and valuable work.1

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