Wolfgang Harich Papers
Total size 8.74 m.
Brieven van Harich gesloten tot 15.03.2045; voor de in het contract onder 5. genoemde stukken is schriftelijke toestemming van bewaargeefster vereist. Zie ook inleiding inventaris p. 5.
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Born in Königsberg, Germany 1923, died in Berlin 1995; philosopher and publicist; studied with Nicolai Hartmann and Eduard Spranger 1940-1942; deserted from the German army at the end of 1944 and joined resistance groups in Berlin; resuming his studies after the war he became a publicist and literary critic; member of the Kommunistische Partei Deutschlands (KPD), later Sozialistische Einheitspartei Deutschlands (SED) from 1945/1946; lecturer of dialectical and historical materialism at the Humboldt University in East-Berlin from 1948 and after his graduation in 1951 deputy professor of history of philosophy; together with Arthur Baumgarten, Ernst Bloch and Karl Schröter member of the editorial staff of the Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie; advocated democratic reforms for the sake of a unified and socialist Germany in November 1956 after which he was arrested; imprisoned until 1964; staff member of the Akademie-Verlag from 1965; focused on ecological problems in the 1970s; stayed in some western countries from 1979 but returned to the German Democratic Republic (GDR) in 1981; after the `Wende' in 1989 he became chairman of the Alternative Enquete Kommission (AEK), which did research on the history of the GDR; his publications include `Jean Pauls Kritik des philosophischen Egoismus' 1968, `Zur Kritik des revolutionären Ungedulds' 1971, `Kommunismus ohne Wachstum? Babeuf und der "Club of Rome"' 1975 and `Keine Schwierigkeiten mit der Wahrheit' 1993.
Correspondence with members of the SED, with authorities of the GDR, with publishers, with the `Grünen' and with others; some personal documents; manuscripts, including `Herder Studien', `Gedanken zur Anthropologie', `Herder als Geschichtsphilosoph der Aufklärung', `Über Logik und Dialektik', `Nicolai Hartmann. Grösse und Grenzen' and `Keine Schwierigkeiten mit der Wahrheit'; manuscripts of and notes concerning lectures on dialectics and Marxism, the history of philosophy and other subjects 1949-1956; abstracts and notes, partly made during his imprisonment; documents concerning the `Wende' in the GDR in 1989; documents relating to the AEK; file on his conflict with Walter Janka 1988-1991; pamphlets, reprints, clippings and other printed material concerning environment, Friedrich Nietzsche and other subjects. Papers of Alexander Wyneken, his grandfather: documents 1916-1925.
List made by Henk Hondius in 1999 and list of the accrual by Wim Leendertse in 2009