Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Reports of Visits to Foreign Laboratories, vol. 5 (1926-27) [Illustrated Typoscript in 7 volumes] Reproduced with the kind permission of Dr. Cecil E. Leith
Benedict, Francis Gano
Personal conversations with Professor Abderhalden. 
Owing to his long experience, Professor Abderhalden had had most 
extraordinary contacts with various workers. These all came up for discussion 
in the course of the several days we were together. Professor Loewy, he 
felt, was not capable of great things. The Jews working in Berlin were 
allowed to do only small things, and he, as a man of numerous committees, 
felt that one should call to a position only a man who was capable of filling 
it and that Loewy was rather incapable, although he was very capable of 
putting his foot into things. 
Abderhalden is a strong teetotaler and said that one could hardly 
imagine the difficulty of holding rigidly to the viewpoints of the total 
abstainer. Thus, at Breslau, where he was to lecture, he was met by the 
professor who showed him every kindness, took him to his house, and gave him 
a good room, and Abderhalden wondered why he was so free. They talked 
together and seemingly were very sympathetic. As they entered a restaurant, 
Abderhalden said to himself, "Now the moment has come." The man ordered a 
special bottle of wine, and Abderhalden politely stated that he was very 
sorry but he did not drink. Instantly everything was all off. The man was 
cool and formally polite. Abderhalden said he almost took his trunk and 
left the house, but he stayed until his lecture was over. Subsequently 
Abderhalden wrote him a letter of appreciation of his kindness, but the man 
never answered. 
I feel that Abderhalden himself is a wonderful man and Mrs. Abderhalden 
is more wonderful a woman. The crippling of their son is a great cross for 
them to bear. Both were in Munich a week or ten days with him. They said 
that the boy had the most wonderful spirit and that it was ennobling to be 
with him. We likewise felt it was ennobling for us to be with such wonderful 


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