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July 1971

Karl Bonhoeffer, zum Hundersten Geburtstag.

Arch Neurol. 1971;25(1):96. doi:10.1001/archneur.1971.00490010106022

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Karl Bonhoeffer died in 1948, at the age of 80. His life thus spanned the history of modern Germany, from its birth to its partition between the superpowers. Most of this book is taken up with his autobiography, which renders faithfully the flavor of German academic life, as we have been familiar with it from other medical memoirs, especially Strümpell's Aus dem Leben eines Deutschen Klinikers. We find again the great masters of the time, the relaxing musical evenings, the professional peregrination from one university to another, even the "exile" to semi-Slavonic Breslau. "Es wurde mir nicht leicht, nach Breslau zu fahren, das man schon sehr der Polakei zurechnete" says Bonhoeffer, recalling Strümpell's "Man hat entschieden das Gefuhl, aus dem zivilisierten Westen schon halb in den Orient gekommen zu sein."

Into this mixture of racial consciousness and great intellectual achievement burst the National Socialist movement. Bonhoeffer was particularly affected by

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