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Fritz Saxl (1890-1948): A Biographical…

Fritz Saxl (1890-1948): A Biographical Memoir

by Gertrud Bing

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This essay, first published in 1957 in "Fritz Saxl, 1890-1948. A Volume of Memorial Essays from his Friends in England", edited by D.J. Gordon, is reprinted in conjunction with the conference held in November 1998 to mark the 50th anniversary year of Saxl's death. Fritz Saxl left an indelible mark on the Warburg Institute. Joining Aby Warburg as his assistant in 1913, he was invited, after the 1914-18 war, to take charge of the Kulturwissenschaftliche Bibliothek Warburg during Warburg's abscence. He transformed the Library into a public institution, collaborating with the newly founded University of Hamburg and establishing the lecture series and publication programme which still continue. These and Saxl's extension of the Kulturwissenschaftliche Bibliothek Warburg's international contacts made Warburg's ideas and achievments much more widely known in Europe and America. They also made it possible to bring the Library out of Germany in 1933 and to see it absorbed into British intellectual life and incorporated in the University of London. Gertrud Bing joined the Kulturwissenschaftliche Bibliothek warburg in 1922, as Librarian, and was later Warburg's assistant and Saxl's collaborator. From 1944 to 1955 she was the Institute's Assistant Director and from 1955-9 Director. Her memoir is both a document in European intellectual history of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, and a personal account of a scholar and man.

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