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Schleif, Hans

    Full Name: Schleif, Hans

    Gender: male

    Date Born: 1902

    Date Died: 1945

    Place Born: Wiesbaden, Hesse, Germany

    Place Died: Berlin, Germany

    Home Country/ies: Germany

    Subject Area(s): Ancient Greek (culture or style), Antique, the, and Classical


    Specialist in ancient Greek architecture. A protégé of Wilhelm Dorpfeld, he participated in the excavations at Olympia. Joined the German Schutzstaffel (SS) in 1935, entering the Ahnenerbe (Ancestral Heritage section of the SS) as an archaeologist of prehistoric and ancient world. Assumed direction of the massive excavation project in Olympia in December, 1937 until suspension of all German archaeological digs in 1942. Despite his affiliations, was not able to assume the coveted position of Professor of Architecture at the Technical University of Berlin, and instead became ausserplanmäßige Professor at the University of Berlin in 1939. Killed himself, his second wife and young twin sons on April 27, 1945.


    Archäologenbildnisse: Porträts und Kurzbiographien von Klassichen Archäologen deutscher Sprache. Reinhard Lullies, ed. Mainz am Rhein: Verlag Philipp von Zabern, 1988: 285-286; Helmut Heiber, Universität unter Hakenkreuz, Teil II, vol. 2, Munich: K.G. Saur, 1994, 34-35.


    "Schleif, Hans." Dictionary of Art Historians (website).

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