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Hermann Güntert In The 1930s. Heidelberg, Politics, And The Study Of Germanic/Indogermanic Religion

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The relevant publications begin with Güntert's lead article for Worter und Sachen in 1927. This was a Heidelberg journal founded in 1908 to oppose the neo-grammarian orthodoxy then dominant in linguistics and to foster research that reconnected language to the material realities of culture. Güntert claimed that the best and most recent research in three different disciplines supported this picture. The chapter Güntert devoted to the topic &t;Rasse and Sprache&t; is, in truth, the most daring piece of a very bold book. Heidelberg and his professional success in the NS era. Both positions strike as right, but also as partial. Guntert's work published between 1927-1934 did indeed pose a bold and principled challenge to Nazi racism, but in 1933 its author began a process of intellectual retreat and practical collaboration. Neither side of the story can be denied or ignored.

Keywords: Heidelberg journal; Hermann Güntert; intellectual retreat; Rasse and Sprache



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