Education: The New Old Heidelberg

When Mark Twain called Heidelberg "the last possibility of the beautiful." Germany's oldest university was gloriously awash with the Student Prince atmosphere of beer mugs, sabers and sashes. It was still the citadel that had beckoned Spinoza with the promise. "You will have the utmost freedom of philosophizing." U.S. students in the 19th century swarmed there for the great flowering of scholarship and the pleasant beguilements of student life.

All that died.in the late '30s with Hitler, the swastika, and a Nazi professor shouting: "We do not recognize truth for truth's sake." Many wondered if Heidelberg, which once so heavily influenced scholars...

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