The University of Hamburg, with close to 40 000
students, is Germany's
fifth largest university. There are about 850 professors engaged in
teaching and research; in addition to that, the university's academic
staff numbers 1800 and its technical and administrative staff, 6650.
The university has 270 buildings throughout the city, but its center is
the Von-Melle-Park Campus in Eimsbüttel, situated near the
Dammtor Station (Railway/Metro) and the lake Alster.
The University of Hamburg is one of the younger German universities.
Its establishment is documented not in a provincial foundation charter,
but in a sober official announcement of the Free and Hanseatic City of
Hamburg on April 1, 1919. The roots of the university, however, reach
back to the beginning of the 17th century. During the time of the
Weimar Republic the young university quickly acquired international
standing in a number of disciplines due to its outstanding scholars.
The close ties to institutions such as Aby Warburg's "Cultural Studies
Library" or Albrecht Mendelssohn Bartholdy's "Institute of Foreign
Policy" established new forms and content of interdisciplinary
The National Socialist dictatorship destroyed this short flourish,
primarily by forcing the firing of around fifty scholars and
scientists, among them several of the most eminent at the university.
Some, such as the psychologist William Stern, the philosopher Ernst
Cassirer and the physical chemist Otto Stern, are memorialized in busts
and plaques as are the student members of the Hamburger branch of the
"White Rose" who gave their lives in the resistance against the