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Braunthal, Gerard, 1923-

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Gerard Braunthal Papers

6 boxes 7.25 linear feet
Call no.: FS 013
Depiction of Gerard Braunthal
Gerard Braunthal

Born in Germany in 1923, Gerard Braunthal was a scholar of German politics and taught as a professor in the Political Science department from 1954. Before receiving his B.A. from Queens College in 1947, Braunthal served in intelligence during World War II, going on to receive his M.A. from the University of Michigan in 1948 and Ph.D from Columbia University in 1953. While studying at Columbia, Braunthal worked as an interviewer for US Air Force intelligence. An expert on the German Social Democratic party (SPD), Braunthal published extensively on modern German politics. His work on the subject was well regarded in Germany as well as the United States. In parallel to his academic research, Braunthal was also an anti-war and anti-nuclear activist, serving on the executive committees of both the Valley Peace Center and the Citizens for Participation in Political Action (CPPAX). Braunthal received the Order of Merit from the German government.

The collection includes Braunthal’s correspondence, article manuscripts and research materials, as well as pamphlets, form-letters, and broadsides relating to anti-Vietnam war activism, interspersed with a small amount of personal correspondence from his own antiwar activities. Among his research materials is a collection of interview transcripts with members of the Federation of German Industry (BDI). There is also a significant collection of documents from his involvement with local activist groups, which includes minutes, form-letters, reports, conference proceedings, and leaflets.


Peace movements--Massachusetts--AmherstUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst--FacultyUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst. Department of Political ScienceVietnam War, 1961-1975


Braunthal, Gerard, 1923-

1 Comment

  1. Dear Professor Braunthal:

    Perhaps you will vaguely remember me from the M.A. program at the Univ. of Mass. in 1961. I was friends with Peter Breit whom I saw at an APSA conference some 20 years ago but have not heard from him since. I was just going through personal papers and found Peter’s business card. I see he has retired from the Univ. of Hartford. Of course, my thoughts shifted to you and, thanks to the internet, I found this site.

    After UMass I went to Germany with a DAAD fellowship and remained there for two years at the Univ. of Freiburg. My Doktorvater, Arnold Bergstraesser, died and I decided to return to NYU where Sidney Hook took over my disseration on Marx. After receiving my Ph.D. from NYU, I went to teach at Yeshiva University in New York City where I have made my career. I am still teaching — I’m not yet ready to retire.

    I hope this note finds you well and engaged in research. I send you my very best greetings. I always reflect with great fondness on your classes and our conversations outside of class — also with Peter. I send you my very best greetings for the New Year!

    All the best,
    Ruth A. Bevan

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