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Finding aid for the University of California loyalty oath collection 6279
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The University of California loyalty oath collection consists of five pamphlets and one letter pertaining to the U.C. Berkeley loyalty oath controversy of 1949-1951. The collection documents anti-Communist movements in the early 1950s, their impact on higher education, and Ernst Kantorowicz's involvement in the University of California loyalty oath.
The University of California loyalty oath famously involved German exile historian and medievalist Ernst Kantorowicz (1895-1963), who was fired from the University of California, Berkeley for refusing to sign the oath. In the late 1920s and early 1930s, Kantorowicz was closely associated with the culturally conservative George-Kreis group. Kantorowicz's connection to Nazi Germany is complex and somewhat contradictory. Kantorowicz was Jewish and forced into exile in the United States, but he was also a cultural conservative and a nationalist.
0.06 Linear Feet 1 pamphlet binder
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