Selected Moments of the 20th Century

A work in progress edited by Daniel Schugurensky
Department of Adult Education and Counselling Psychology,
The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT)


Führer-rector Heidegger applies racial cleansing laws at Freiburg University

This year, a few months after Adolph Hitler came to power in Germany, philosopher Martin Heidegger is appointed Führer-rector of Freiburg University.

On November 3 of that year, Heidegger - who was a member of the national socialist (Nazi) party - issued a decree applying the Nazi laws on racial cleansing to the students of that university. As part of this policy, economic aid would be awarded to students belonging to the SS and other military groups, while it would be denied to students who were Jewish, Marxist or considered non-Aryan according to Nazi law would be denied financial aid.


Thomas Sheehan (1988, June 16). Heidegger and the Nazis.  New York Review of Books

Farias, Victor (1989). Heidegger and Nazism. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

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