Harvard University’s Nazi Ties | Stephen H. Norwood, University of Oklahoma
Anti-Semitism / Deutschland / genocide / German Anti-Semitism / Germany / Holocaust / Nazis

Harvard University’s Nazi Ties | Stephen H. Norwood, University of Oklahoma

…the Harvard administration welcomed a top Nazi official, Ernst Hanfstangl, who was Hitler’s foreign press chief as well as a virulent antisemite, to the campus for his 25th class reunion.  The student newspaper, the Harvard Crimson, editorialized that the university should award Hanfstangl an honorary degree “as a mark of honor appropriate to his high position in the government of a friendly country.”  The joyous reception Hanfstangl received on campus was interrupted when a local rabbi confronted him and demanded to know what Hanfstangl had meant when he recently remarked that “everything would soon be settled for the Jews in Germany.”  The rabbi cried out, “My people want to know . . . does it mean extermination?”  Hanfstangl replied that he “[could] not discuss that.  I am on vacation.  I am with my old friends.”  The Nazi official proceeded to President Conant’s house for tea. Continue reading