Hermann Emrich

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Hermann Emrich (* 6. October 1901 in Green City , † 21st March 1979 ) was a German administrative official and literary scholar , who for the Nazi era as a Councilor in the " Westmark worked".


In 1921 Emrich graduated from high school in Kaiserslautern and then studied philosophy , art history and literature at the Universities of Kiel, Munich and Heidelberg . In 1926 he received his doctorate on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe . He then worked as a freelance writer, a. a. he wrote an autobiographical novel during this time.

Emrich was politically active in the German National Protection and Defense Association (DVSTB) until he converted to the NSDAP in 1931 . There he became head of the district headquarters and scientific adviser for the Rheinpfalz district. After the " seizure of power " he became head of the People's Education Association and President of the Palatinate Society for the Advancement of Science (PGFW). However, these were honorary positions. During this time, Emrich was financially dependent on Kurt Kölsch . It was only with the reorganization of the Saar region that Emrich was appointed a civil servant and as a councilor in the Reich Commissioner for the reorganization of the Saar region . In 1937 he founded the Saar-Palatinate Institute for State and Folk Research, which was renamed the Westmark Institute for State and Folk Research in 1941 . Well-known researchers such as Hermann Overbeck and Ernst Christmann worked for the institute .

In 1940 he became head of the field of arts promotion and public education at the head of civil administration (CdZ) in Lorraine . In this role he built up the Lorraine Institute . In 1943 he became general consultant for art promotion, national education, science and border and foreign German in the Westmark. In Lorraine he was appointed senior councilor.

After the Second World War he was dismissed from the public service.


  • Goethe's intuition . Heidelberg 1926. (Dissertation)
  • Westmark treatises on regional and folk research . As editor together with Ernst Christmann . Magazine series. Kaiserslautern 1937–1938.


  • Wolfgang Freund: People, Empire and Western Frontier. German studies and politics in the Palatinate, Saarland and annexed Lorraine 1925–1945 (=  publications of the Commission for Saarland State History and Folk Research . No. 39 ). Commission for Saarland State History and Folk Research, Saarbrücken 2006, ISBN 3-939150-00-2 , p. 185-187 .

Individual evidence

  1. ^ "Realization", unpublished typescript, 274 pages. The first chapter can be found at https://emrich-texte.jimdosite.com/hermann-texte/ .
  2. ^ Michael Fahlbusch: German politics and West German research community . In: Burkhard Dietz, Helmut Gabel, Ulrich Tiedau (eds.): Griff nach dem Westen: Organizations, institutes and initiatives of 'Westforschung'; Individual 'western researchers' and continuities of 'western research' after 1945 . Waxmann Verlag, Münster 2003, ISBN 3-8309-1144-0 , p. 594 .