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Kurt W. Rothschild was an Austrian economist who influenced strongly with his work the scientific community, politics and society. At November 15th in 2010 he passed away in the age of 96. Even though a great scientist, college and discussion partner left the field his literature remains as a treasure for us all. With this website we try to provide public access to a comprehensive documentation about his work. In addition numerous interviews, public presentations and documentaries about his life complete the project. At this point we would like to take the opportunity to thank all who made this possible.

We hope that this documentation about Kurt W. Rothschild’s work will have numerous users and that beyond economic research many people stick to his basic principles in life: Openness, tolerance, benignity and kindness. There was merely a person with such a strong connection between work and life, which makes him an ideal for others.

Overview

On the occasion of his 95th birthday the following three documentaries were made, which are also a good way to “get to know” Kurt W. Rothschild as a scientist and personal:

  1. His ingenious and humorous interview with Renate Graber in the Austrian newspaper “Standard” from 23.10.2009.
  2. A four part Ö1 radio broadcast “Wirtschaftsdenker: Kurt W. Rothschild” (economic theorist Kurt W. Rothschild) about “Macht und Gerechtigkeit in der Ökonomie” (power and justice in economics) by Rosa Lyon (Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Part 4).
  3. An outstanding documentary (45 minutes) by filmmaker Gerald Teufel under production management by Christoph Gretzmacher.
  4. Two hints for our English speaking visitors:

Sleeping after Holocaust (Schlafen nach dem Holocaust) – Thomas Rothschild

Meine Eltern haben mich nicht zum Konformisten erzogen. Aber sie empfahlen Gelassenheit, wo nichts zu ändern war. Die Gnade der Verdrängung: Erinnerungen an meinen Vater, Kurt Rothschild, der vor hundert Jahren geboren wurde.

In diesem Jahr häufen sich aus närrischer Liebe zur runden Zahl die Veranstaltungen und Publikationen zum Ausbruch des Ersten Weltkriegs. Ich habe zu diesem historischen Einschnitt keine emotionale Beziehung. Er kommt mir unendlich fern vor. Dass er, wie Heiner Müller einmal meinte, das kurze 20. Jahrhundert eröffnet habe, das 1989 bereits zu Ende gegangen sei, kann ich nur als Aphorismus goutieren. In meiner Erfahrung kennzeichnen andere, spätere Ereignisse das 20. Jahrhundert.

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