Prof. em. Dr. Hans Maier was friends with Miriam's father, Prof. Dr. Dr. Friedrich Friedmann.
Thanks to his great expertise, we were able to illustrate the history of anti-Semitism and anti-Judaism in the shortest possible form in the film.
We made the interview on 11 September 2018 in connection with our film "Die Stille schreit®".
Prof. em. Dr. Hans Maier was born on 18 June 1931 in Freiburg i. Br., Catholic. After graduating from high school (1951), he studied history, German and Romance languages and literature in Freiburg, Munich and Paris; scholarship holder of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes; also active in Catholic youth work and as a freelancer for radio and newspapers. After passing the state examination for a higher teaching position (1956) and obtaining his doctorate (Dr. phil.), he worked as a freelancer in the radio and newspapers. (1957) Habilitation in political science as a pupil of Arnold Bergstraesser in the Freiburg Faculty of Philosophy (1962). Since 1962 married to Adelheid M., née Dilly, six children.
(Source: Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, Faculty of Philosophy, Philosophy of Science and Religious Studies).
You were close friends with Prof. Friedrich Friedmann. What spontaneous memories do you associate with him when you hear his name?
You were the youngest chair holder in Munich when you met Professor Georg Friedmann in 1963.
What was your impression of him?
How did you perceive Prof. Friedrich Friedmann as a colleague and as a person?
To what extent did social grievances and economic crises in the Middle Ages act as accelerators of hatred and rigid actions against Jews?
Despite all the precursors, the anti-Semitism of National Socialism is singular. In what sense?
Terms like "Judas" still stand for betrayal today. The "Pharisee" for a hypocrite. Often the term "Jew" per se stands for an exploiter, a manipulator, an international conspiracy. To what extent could National Socialism instrumentalize these stereotypes and prejudices?