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Åke Ohlmarks In The Third Reich. A Scientific Career Between A Daptation, Cooperation And Ignorance

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Ake Ohlmarks was born in 1911 near Kristianstad in the south of Sweden. He studied philosophy, history of religions and Nordic philology at the University of Lund between 1929 and 1932 where he also acted as editor in chief of student magazine Lundagard. Although not a very central person in the history of the academic study of religions, there are reasons to take closer look at the biography of Ohlmarks. At a time when many scientists had been forced to leave Germany he had chosen to go in the opposite direction, leaving the neutral country of Sweden for the National Socialist state. He had learned German at school and admired the German cultural and scientific tradition. To some extent he seems to have been an admirer of National Socialism as well, at least in his student years. Important for Ohlmarks is Schmidt's typology of cultures in matriarchal and patriarchal cultures.

Keywords: ÂKe Ohlmarks; National Socialism; Nordic philology; patriarchal cultures.



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