1929 – 1945

Club life

In 1929, the Kaiser Wilhelm Society (KWG) founded Harnack House to provide guest accommodation for foreign scientists and as a meeting venue for the Dahlem-based Institutes. The KWG sought donations for the building’s interior furnishings. Many major companies saw research as a driver of innovation and contributed generously. However, private individuals from Germany and abroad also donated. A total of 1.3 million Marks was raised, equivalent to around 4 million euros today (2014 values).
The opening of the venue in May 1929 created a new service facility for the Dahlem research campus and its seven Institutes.

Foundation and the Weimar Republic era

In 1929, the Kaiser Wilhelm Society (KWG) founded Harnack House to provide guest accommodation for foreign scientists and as a meeting venue for the Dahlem-based Institutes. The KWG sought donations for the building’s interior furnishings. Many major companies saw research as a driver of innovation and contributed generously. However, private individuals from Germany and abroad also donated. A total of 1.3 million Marks was raised, equivalent to around 4 million euros today (2014 values).

The opening of the venue in May 1929 created a new service facility for the Dahlem research campus and its seven Institutes. [more]
Most Jewish researchers and those of Jewish ancestry were expelled from the Dahlem Institutes from 1933 onwards. A significant number of Harnack House’s regular guests were therefore lost. Only those who held a foreign passport, like Lise Meitner, were initially able to stay and remained welcome at Harnack House.

Harnack House under National Socialism

Most Jewish researchers and those of Jewish ancestry were expelled from the Dahlem Institutes from 1933 onwards. A significant number of Harnack House’s regular guests were therefore lost. Only those who held a foreign passport, like Lise Meitner, were initially able to stay and remained welcome at Harnack House.

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