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In 1936 the Nobel Prize for chemistry went to Peter Debye, a Dutch citizen. More to the point is that the Swedish Academy of Sciences, in its recognition of his fundamental contribution to chemistry, drew attention to the fact that he was a foreigner in Nazi Germany, and a couple of years later the problematical nature of his status emerged. Johannes Pieter Klautz's business aim was to publish science books in German - then the science language par excellence - but the matters not related to business that kept cropping up in his discussions moved him deeply, and gave him other ideas. In 1927 he answered an advertisement of the publishing company Elsevier, which was looking for an executive secretary with a university education, business flair, literary talent, knowledge of modern languages and of modest character.

Keywords: Elsevier; Johannes Pieter Klautz; Nazi Germany; Peter Debye



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