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Hartmut Schmidt / Henrik Sattler / Lutz Raettig
Curt Eisfeld und seine Bibliothek
Curt Eisfeld could not afford to finish high school. Despite this disadvantage and various occupational detours, he became a university professor and held the first and only chair for business administration at Hamburg University from 1927 onwards. When he died at 83 in 1969, his private library encompassing about 8.000 volumes was turned over to Hamburg University. According to the will of Curt Eisfeld and his spouse Elisabeth the substantial assets of the couple were inherited by the University, which thereby assumed the obligation to maintain the library and to make it accessible. After first steps in the seventies there was little progress toward this end. However, a new effort in 2009 led to the establishment of the ‘Curt-Eisfeld-Nachlassbibliothek’. This paper reveals the background and details of this process and discusses the merits of such a library. As these merits depend primarily on the merits of the original owner, the major part of this paper sheds light on the contributions of Curt Eisfeld at the university level, to the emergence of public accountants and auditors in Germany, and to the strength of the German savings bank system. The paper also provides an in-depth view at Eisfeld’s efforts to continue his professional work during the ‘Third Reich’ and thereafter.

Die Curt-Eisfeld-Nachlassbibliothek der Sven-Eisfeld-Stiftung gehört heute zur Fakultät für Betriebswirtschaft der Universität Hamburg. Über Jahrzehnte vegetierte die Bibliothek im Verborgenen. Nur ganz wenige wussten um die Bedeutung und Strahlkraft von Curt Eisfeld, dem ersten Ordinarius für Betriebswirtschaftslehre der Universität. Die ihm entgegengebrachte Verehrung, besonders im Bereich der Sparkassen, durch seine Schüler ist heute kaum vorstellbar. Ihr Ausmaß ließ sich zu Eisfelds 70. Geburtstag am 23. Februar 1956 gut erkennen: Zum festlichen Abendessen kamen unter anderen die Spitzen des Deutschen Sparkassen- und Giroverbands und zwei Dutzend Sparkassendirektoren aus der ganzen Bundesrepublik nach Hamburg.[…]

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