Eberlein, Kurt Karl

Full Name: 
Eberlein, Kurt Karl
Other Names: 
Kurt Karl Eberlein
Date Born: 
15 August 1890
Date Died: 
c. 1944-1945
Place Born: 
Rastatt, Germany
Place Died: 
Europe; [presumably Eastern war front]
Home Country: 
Germany
Gender: 
male
Overview: 

Berlin-trained art historian who became part of the Nazi-propanda machine. Eberlein wrote his dissertation on the literary history of art writing in the eighteenth century. In 1934 he issued one of the major manifesti for art theory for the Nazi s, Was ist Deutsch in der deutschen Kunst? (What's German in German Art?). He helped organize an art sales exhibition at the Berlin Nationalgalerie during the war in 1942, "Grosse Berliner Kunstausstellung 1942".

Selected Bibliography: 
[dissertation:] Die deutsche Litterärgeschichte der Kunst im 18. Jahrhundert: ein Beitrag zur Geschichte der Kunstwissenschaft. Berlin, 1916, published Karlsruhe: Müller, 1919; Was ist Deutsch in der deutschen Kunst? Leipzig: E.A. Seemann, 1934, English, partially issued as, "What is German in German art?" in Mosse, George L., Nazi Culture: Intellectual, Cultural, and Social Life in the Third Reich. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1966; [introduction] Grosse Berliner Kunstausstellung 1942: vom 31. Mai bis 31. August. Berlin: Nationalgalerie, 1942.
Sources: 
Metzler Kunsthistoriker Lexikon: zweihundert Porträts deutschsprachiger Autoren aus vier Jahrhunderten. Stuttgart: Metzler, 1999, pp. 68-70.