Louise Holborn

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Louise Wilhelmine Holborn (born August 8, 1898 in Charlottenburg , † 1975 in Orange City, Florida ) was a German-American political scientist who researched and published in particular on the refugee problem.


The daughter of the physicist Ludwig Holborn and sister of the historian Hajo Holborn worked in social work after graduating from high school and completed her training as a welfare worker in 1924. She took on tasks in social administration and was also active in the women's movement. From 1928 she studied at the University of Heidelberg and at the German University of Politics in Berlin. After the National Socialists came to power , she emigrated to London, where she studied for a short time at the London School of Economics and Political Science . In 1934 she moved to the USA with the support of a Quaker organization. There she studied at Radcliffe College , where she took her master's degree in 1936 and received her doctorate in 1938 . During World War II , Holborn worked for the Office of Strategic Service and eventually became a professor at Connecticut College for Women in New London .


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