Legal scholarship in Reich and Republic : Ernst Forsthoff, Theodor Maunz and Hans Peter Ipsen / by Lukas Kemnitz.
This article examines the writings and biographies of Ernst Forsthoff, Theodor Maunz, and Hans Peter Ipsen. Forsthoff and Maunz became professors in 1933, Ipsen in 1940. To varying degrees, all three were supporters of the Nazi regime, but returned to positions of influence in German constitutional and administrative law scholarship after 1945. The article compares the writings of Forsthoff, Maunz and Ipsen during and after the Third Reich, analysing both form and content and examining topics such as support for policies of the national socialist state; the role of rule-of-law principles; anti-Semitism in scholarly writings; and retention of National Socialist patterns of thought after 1945. The article concludes by assessing the integration of supporters of the national socialist regime into post-war democratic reconstruction, providing insights that may also be applicable to later-day transitional democracies.
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