Memoriał Hansa Schleifa – poznański ośrodek archeologiczny w planach Trzeciej Rzeszy

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Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu

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Hans Schleif’s memorial – the plans of the Third Reich towards the Poznań archaeological centre


The paper discusses a memorial delivered by Professor Hans Schleif (1902-1945), a German classical archaeologist, who was appointed a trustee for securing cultural goods of Wielkopolska in December 1939 and in fact a successor of Professor Józef Kostrzewski by the Nazi authorities. The institution hitherto termed Dział Przedhistoryczny Muzeum Wielkopolskiego (Department of Prehistory of the Museum of Wielkopolska) was renamed into Landesamt fur Vorgeschichte Posen (National Office for Prehistory in Poznań), and since then it was supposed to fulfil the role of an archaeological and conservation institution. Schleif’s memorial, issued in February 1940, included a project of a total reorganisation of the archaeological centre in Poznań. The text provided assessment of the achievements of the Polish archaeology between WWW I and WWW II, and contained also a number of plans and aims of the Nazis regarding Polish collections and archaeological institutions. The document included also opinions on the relationships between the Nazi officials in their struggle for power and influence. Thus the text allows for a better recognition of this dramatic period in the history of Poznań archaeology.





Folia Praehistorica Posnaniensia, 2012, Tom XVII, s. 345-367



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Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu
Biblioteka Uniwersytetu im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu
Ministerstwo Nauki i Szkolnictwa Wyższego