Herbert Gutjahr (1911-1944).

The nephew of the deputy Gauleiter of Berlin joined the NSDAP and the SA in 1931. He studied law since the summer semester 1930 in Berlin, put in his apprenticeship exam in April 1935 and later became assistant to Carl Schmitt. He led in 1932 and 1933 as head of the circle X (Berlin / Brandenburg) of the German student body, the Berlin student body. In 1933, Gutjahr was a leader in the book burning in Berlin. He gave a speech to the students present and to the crowd present before the beginning of the book burning.

Gutjahr said: “We have turned our actions against the un-German spirit. I turn everything un-German over to the fire!”

Gutjahr was from 1933 together with Kurt Jewan crucially involved in the reconstruction of the University of Berlin in the sense of National Socialist ideology and held various offices in the student body. With the foundation of the new National Socialist-led student body and its subgroups in the individual faculties, the German Student Union and the NSDStB under the leadership of Gutjahr and Jewan took decisive political influence. Thus Gutjahr played an essential role in whether scientists could continue their academic career in National Socialism.

Gutjahr later joined the SS. During his time as assistant to Carl Schmitt, he worked as an informer for the security service. Gutjahr was since 1939 a soldier in the Wehrmacht, last as a captain in an infantry division. He died on 12 March 1944 in Ukraine from a war injury.

What a life :/



Robert Ludlum (1927-2001).

“Highly educated” people often say they hate best-seller books.
I’m reading this one and I’m loving it.

“The Scarlatti Inheritance” (1971).




A judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit by the great-grand-niece of a German Jewish businessman that asked the Metropolitan Museum of Art to return one of its most valuable Picassos, “The Actor.”

In court papers, Judge Preska described at length the persecution that the Leffmanns suffered and the desperation they must have felt. But she ruled that the estate could not show Mr. Leffmann had been forced to sell the painting under duress because any pressure he experienced was not the fault of the buyers or the party being sued, the museum, but rather the Nazis and their allies.

Read full article HERE.



The Garden of the Finzi-Continis is considered the best of the series of novels that Bassani produced about the lives of Italian Jews in the northern Italian city of Ferrara. Although the novel focuses on the relationships between the major characters, the shadow of creeping fascism, especially the racial laws that restricted Jews’ participation in Italian society, looms over all the novel’s events. According to Bassani, one hundred and eighty-three Jews living in Ferrara were deported to German concentration camps in 1943.

A New York investor and art collector is ignoring pleas to return a painting looted by the Nazis


The painting was part of a vast art collection owned by prominent banker James von Bleichroeder (photo above, in 1908). One of the most prominent paintings in their collection was “The Raising of Lazarus,” (below) a famous work by an unknown German artist.

Read the article HERE.



by Cath Pound (click HERE).

The exhibitions (click HERE and HERE).






It was 1929. The child peered out of his window in Munich and watched the future chancellor of Germany step out of a black automobile. Hitler glanced up and made eye contact with the boy. That was when the boy’s nanny, Rosie, slammed the window shut and made him go to bed.

More about the book HERE.