Bike Touring Highlight
The TH Dresden experienced one of its saddest chapters under the "Führer Rector" Wilhelm Jost. The involvement in the Nazi state was deep. As early as 1932, Jost professed National Socialism and signed the declaration of German university and college professors that appeared in Völkischer Beobachter in 1933. Jost was active both in the SA as a Hauptsturmfuehrer and in the Reich Security Service. He designed the main building of the NSD student union but also the Gaujägerhaus in Grillenburg for Gauleiter Mutschmann. Jost's story will be examined more closely at his place of residence at Knoopstrasse 6.From April 1937 onwards, professors who were unpleasant and critical of the direction were systematically removed from office. Most of the teachers, however, adapted to the circumstances. Acts of resistance can hardly be found. The TH Dresden led important work in the context of the war effort. For example, 35 employees were sent to Peenemünde to work on the V2 weapons program (DE12 and VP under Walter Wolmann). A lot of research that was important to the war effort was carried out at the individual locations. Among other things, this also includes research work on chemical warfare agents under Wilhelm Steinkopf. Gas masks, submarine accumulators, shot and fire bomb test facilities ... the list of research objects can be continued almost indefinitely. In February 1945, a number of buildings were badly hit, but they were not completely destroyed. As in the rest of Germany, many scientists quickly found a living after the war without their activities being processed for the regime. However, Jost did not succeed. He died in 1948 as a Soviet prisoner of war in a hospital on the Volga.
May 1, 2020
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