01/10/2020

Facade of one of BAM's main buildings, historical view

Facade of one of BAM's main buildings, historical view

Source: BAM

Three departmental research institutes, the Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM ), the Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe (BGR ) and the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB ), which are subordinate to the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi), are having their past during the Nazi era and the post-war period investigated in a research project supported jointly with the Ministry.

Today's Federal authorities go back to predecessor institutions that were founded in the 19th century and also existed during the Nazi era. They fulfilled important tasks in research and science and placed themselves in the service of the regime after 1933.

The research project aims to answer two important questions: Why did scientists in different authorities, most of whom did not see themselves as political, so willingly make important stabilizing contributions to the armament and warfare of the inhuman Nazi regime? And how did they and the authorities in which they worked deal with the terrible Nazi past and their own guilt after 1945?

The research project, which starts on 1st October 2020, will be headed by the two renowned historians Prof. Dr. Helmut Maier (Bergische Universität Wuppertal) and Prof. Dr. Carsten Reinhardt (Universität Bielefeld), who have already presented studies on the Nazi history of the Kaiser Wilhelm Society. It is planned to run for three years. The results will be presented at two international conferences, in several monographs and in a biographical subproject on perpetrators and persecuted persons.

About BAM

BAM promotes safety in technology and chemistry.
As a BMWi departmental research institute, BAM performs research, testing and offers advisory support to protect people, the environment and material goods. Its activity in the fields of materials science, materials engineering and chemistry is focussed on the technical safety of products and processes.

BAM’s research is directed towards substances, materials, building elements, components and facilities as well as natural and technical systems important for the national economy and relevant to society. It also tests and assesses their safe handling and operation. BAM develops and validates analysis procedures and assessment methods, models and necessary standards and provides science-based services for the German industry in a European and international framework.

Safety creates markets.
BAM sets and represents high standards for safety in technology and chemistry for Germany and its global markets to further develop the successful German quality culture "Made in Germany“.