n Acta Germanica : German Studies in Africa - "Die Vertreter deutscher Art und Kultur kämpfen hier in Südafrika einen harten Kampf ..."
Georg Paul Johannes Trümpelmann und seine verschollene Dissertation an der Universität Leipzig - eine Spurensuche




It is safe to say, that because of the numerous editions of his widespread German-Afrikaans dictionary, Georg Paul Johannes Trümpelmann (1903-1982) used to be the best known specialist in German Studies in South Africa. Holding the chair in German Studies at Stellenbosch University from 1954 to 1968, he continued teaching at the University of the Western Cape until 1974. Although he had applied for the degree "doctor philosophiae" at Leipzig University in 1928, he did a second PhD in History at the University of Pretoria in 1946. Whatever his reasons for this measure, it remains largely unknown that the term for submitting the statutory copies of his Leipzig dissertation titled "Die freireligiöse Lyrik von Klopstock bis Hölderlin" had expired in January 1935, causing the withdrawal of his PhD. The present article tries to shed light on the context and reasons surrounding this incident.


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