Amsterdam School of Communication Research / ASCoR

About Kurt Baschwitz (1886-1968)

Kurt Baschwitz fled to Amsterdam immediately after Hitler had come to power, early 1933. He was nominated 'private lecturer' on the press in 1935, then still at the History Section of the Faculty for Literature and Philosophy. From 1936/ 1937 onward, he created a press nucleus at the newly founded International Institute of Social History. In 1940, the German occupier imposed his dismissal as a Jew. Upon Liberation, he was reinstated. In 1945 as a 'private lecturer' , in 1946 as an ordinary lecturer, in 1948 as professor. He retired in phases between 1957 and 1959.


In 2017 dr. Jaap van Ginneken published his book: ‘Kurt Baschwitz – A Pioneer of Communication Studies and Social Psychology’ (AUP), followed in 2018 by the abbreviated Dutch version 'Kurt Baschwitz - Peetvader van journalistiek en communicatie' (AMB).

ASCoR is very pleased that dr. van Ginneken is inspired to share notes and documents that were used in preparation of writing the biography here on this page, as they might also be useful for later researchers.


Here you can find the contents and introduction of the book:


The following three documents are copies of Baschwitz’s Amsterdam civil status documents (courtesy Stadsarchief Amsterdam and colleague John Kleinen):


In the following three documents you can find notes on genealogy, chronology and a list of Baschwitz’ occupations and residences over the years:


There are also notes on the details of (the last editions of) two of his major books. The following documents are notes on the two editions of his book Der Massenwahn ('Mass Delusions') of 1923 and 1932:


Another one of his most interesting works was Du und die Masse (1938,1951), translated into Dutch as ‘Denkend mens en menigte’ (1945, 1951):

Published by  ASCoR

9 February 2018