Karlfried Durckheim

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Date of Birth: 10/24/1896

Age: 92

Place of birth: Munich

Citizenship: Germany


K. Durkheim was born in the old Bavarian noble family who has lost the family fortune out of the economic turmoil.

He attended high school in Koblenz and Weimar, and finished ahead of her to participate in the First World War. During the war he was enrolled as an officer in the Bavarian regiment of the Royal Guard.

In 1919, K. Durkheim joined the Freikorps and fought against the Bavarian Soviet Republic.


After that K. Durkheim began to study political economy, but then switched to philosophy and psychology. At the same time he was active as a right-wing journalist. During these years, he experienced a transpersonal experience, which considered it enlightenment, while reading the Tao Te Ching.

In 1923 he defended himself on the experience of forms (Erlebnisformen) and situational Analytical Psychology (analytische Situationspsychologie). In the early 1920s he also became interested in religious studies and psychology of religion. The special impression on him made the work of Religions Rudolf Otto and Friedrich Geiler. For its formation as a religious studies it was important to study the ideas of Meister Eckhart.


Since 1927, he served as assistant K. Durkheim Felix Krueger, founder of the Second Leipzig School psychologists in the University of Leipzig, where in 1930 Zavar sewed doctorate. From 1930 to 1932 he also taught psychology at the Bauhaus in Dessau. In 1931 he became a professor at Wroclaw teacher training college and a year later in Berlin. For some time he also a professor at the University of Kiel. During these years he has established close contacts with Karl Haushofer.

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In 1933 K. Durkheim signed the "Appeal of scientists in Germany in support of Hitler" and finished university career by going to the government service. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the command of Joachim Ribbentrop (at the time of Hitler`s envoy in the UK). In 1935, he met with Hitler, and later participated in his vstreches Lord Beaverbrook.

But in subsequent years, it became clear that one of his grandmothers was Jewish, and the Nuremberg Laws prevented further career