Otto Lauffer

Otto Lauffer (* 20. February 1874 in Goettingen Weende; † 8. August 1949 in Hamburg) was a German Volkskundler and culture historian.


life Otto Lauffer was born in Weende (today quarter of Goettingen) and spent until 1886 (until 1877 in the beat way 5) its childhood.

It studied Germanistik, history and history of art in Goettingen (registers to 22. August 1891), Berlin, Munich and again in Goettingen (registers 24. April 1894). In the year 1896 it attained a doctorate with Moriz Heyne.

1902 became Lauffer assistant, 1907 director of the historical museum in Frankfurt/Main. From 1908 to the opening 1922 it developed the museum for Hamburgi history as a director of establishment , which it led until 1946 further as a director.

In the year of the foundation that Hamburg university 1919 received Professor. Dr. Otto Lauffer the first volkskundlichen chair in Germany, which it held until 1939.

Lauffer in Hamburg on the cemetery Ohlsdorf (grave situation was buried: R9 (29-30)) and by the cemetery administration among the more well-known personalities one leads. Its deduction is to be found in the state and university library Carl von Ossietsky State of and university library Hamburg Carl von Ossietzky. Since that 20. February 1984 reminds a Gedenktafel in Weende of Otto Lauffer.

After Lauffer both a road is in Weende (petrol Lauffer road) and a steam launch designated in Hamburg.

working life

from the personnel union of the offices of the museum leader and university professor resulted into the time Volkskunde Hamburg after the Second World War the special adjustment that, whose emphasis lay first in the study of the special culture.

As emphasis within the range research and teachings were concerned Lauffer with sachvolkskundlichen topics. Apart from this range working from the structure work of the museum it was concerned also with many other volkskundlichen and culture-historical areas, particularly in the house and custom research. Until today it ranks among the most important researcher personalities in the total history of the subject. Its publication list covers more than 300 titles. In the time of the national socialism it was one of the sharpest critics of pseudoscientific concepts, e.g. the “symbol research”.

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