Austrian Academy of Sciences Faces Its Nazi History

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Science  22 Mar 2013:
Vol. 339, Issue 6126, pp. 1368
DOI: 10.1126/science.339.6126.1368

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After the end of World War II, the Austrian Academy of Sciences officially suspended members who had joined the Nazi Party—but it quickly reinstated nearly every one. This decision had lasting effects on the academy, according to an academy-sponsored poster exhibit and a hefty exhibit catalog released to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the "Anschluss," the annexation of Austria to Germany in March 1938. The exhibit is the academy's first extended examination of its actions during the Nazi period.