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Wiener Amerikaner oder amerikanischer Wiener? A Comparative Analysis of Three Viennese Scientists - Eric Kandel, Carl Djerassi, and Erwin Chargaff

Maness, Caroline Barrow (2011)
Honors Thesis (66 pages)
Committee Chair / Thesis Adviser: Hoeyng, Peter
Committee Members: Schaumann, Caroline ; Bammer, Angelika
Research Fields: History, European; History of Science; Jewish Studies
Keywords: Djerassi, Carl; Kandel, Eric; Chargaff, Erwin; Vienna; Jewish; Vergangenheitsbewaeltigung; Anschluss;
Program: College Honors Program, German
Permanent url: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/92z0b

Abstract

Abstract
Vienna is known to the world as a cultural center of Europe. However, this reputation cannot entirely overshadow the history of violence exhibited by the Catholic majority in Vienna towards the Jews after the Anschluss in 1938. Despite the traumatic events that followed the Anschluss, many Viennese Jews still look fondly upon the city and wish to reconcile their painful memories. Notably, three prominent scientists - Eric Kandel, Carl Djerassi, and Erwin Chargaff - wish to reconcile with their memories of Vienna after long productive careers in the United States. This thesis explores Vienna's influence on the lives and careers of these three scientists as they cope with their painful memories of the past and rejoice in their happy memories as well. While the three scholars were very influential in their own respective scientific fields, each felt the need to turn away from science and embrace the artistic influences of Vienna in order to reconcile with the past.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Introduction………………………………………………………………………………….................…..1
Chapter I: A brief overview of Jews in Vienna…………………………………………...…..12
Chapter II: Vienna's role in the shaping the careers of Eric Kandel and Carl
Djerassi…………………………………………………………………………………..….....................17
Chapter III: VergangenheitsbewΓ€ltigung ……………………………………………...…….....36
Conclusions…………………………………………………………………………...……….................54
Bibliography………………………………………………………………………………...…................58

Document Outline

  • preliminary pages 030111.pdf
  • Table of Contents.pdf
  • Wiener Amerikaner oder amerikanischer Wiener_Maness_Caroline.pdf

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