Family and education
Ludwig Alsdorf was the son of pastor Hermann Alsdorf and Emilie Alsdorf, née Chelius. His maternal grandmother, Lina Bruch, was a close relative of the composer Max Bruch . Hermann Alsdorf was the Protestant pastor of Laufersweiler from 1900 to 1911. The family then moved to Scheidt in Saarland , as he was now the pastor of this community.
After completing his A-levels at the Ludwigsgymnasium in Saarbrücken , Ludwig Alsdorf began studying at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg in 1922 and studied Indology with Heinrich Zimmer and Comparative Linguistics with Christian Bartholomae . A year later he moved to the University of Hamburg and studied Indology under Walther Schubring , where he received his doctorate in 1928 in the field of Jainism . In 1929 he moved to the Humboldt University in Berlin and studied under Heinrich Lüders .
The romanist Annegret Bollée is the daughter of Ludwig Alsdorf.
From October 1930 to May 1932 he was a reader at the University of Allahabad . He used his stay in India to photograph the manuscripts he needed for his habilitation and to deepen his knowledge of Sanskrit . He also toured India, Burma and Ceylon . In 1935 he completed his habilitation at the Humboldt University in Berlin. In 1938 he had to go to the Westphalian Wilhelms University in Münster . In 1941, after Subhash Chandra Bose had fled to the German Reich , he was appointed to the Foreign Office and assigned to the India Special Unit. Under the pseudonym “Botho Ludwig” he wrote the anti-England propaganda pamphlet “India's Way to Freedom” in the sense of Bose's nationalist government-in-exile Azad Hind (“Free India”).
In 1950, Ludwig Alsdorf first returned to the University of Münster and then received a chair for Indian history and culture at the University of Hamburg. In 1972 he retired, but continued to give lectures until the 1977/8 winter semester. In March 1978, while traveling through Ceylon, he was stung by an insect. The sting caught fire and Ludwig Alsdorf died on his return to Germany.
- Contributions to the history of vegetarianism and veneration of cattle in India (= treatises of the humanities and social science class of the Academy of Sciences and Literature in Mainz. 1961, No. 6).
- Aśokas Separatedicts of Dhauli and Jaugaḍa (= treatises of the humanities and social sciences class of the Academy of Sciences and Literature in Mainz. Born in 1962, No. 1).
- The Āryā Stanzas of the Uttarajjhāyā. Contributions to the Text History and Interpretation of a Canonical Jaina Text (= treatises of the humanities and social sciences class of the Academy of Sciences and Literature in Mainz. 1966, No. 2).
- The Āryā stanzas of the Pali canon, produced metrically and examined for textual history (= treatises of the humanities and social science class of the Academy of Sciences and Literature in Mainz. Born 1967, No. 4).
- Klaus Bruhn , Magdalene Duckwitz, Albrecht Wezler: Ludwig Alsdorf and Indian studies , Delhi, 1990, ISBN 81-208-0681-6 ( excerpts from Google Books )
- Prof. Dr. Ludwig Alsdorf on herenow4u.de ( Memento from November 4, 2010 in the Internet Archive )
- Saarland biographies: Hermann Alsdorf ( Memento from July 18, 2014 in the Internet Archive )
- Hans Michael Hensel (2019): Hafiz Manzooruddin Ahmad. The Asia Declaration of the National Socialists . (16th paragraph)
- Joachim Jungius Society of Sciences: Members. Retrieved March 26, 2017 .
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German Indologist|
|DATE OF BIRTH||August 8, 1904|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Laufersweiler|
|DATE OF DEATH||March 25, 1978|
|Place of death||Buchholz in the north heath|