Hans Helfritz

21st February 1877 to 9th May 1958

Hans Helfritz, University of Breslau, 1936

From a German family of the nobility, Helfritz trained in law in Berlin, where he also worked for a time at the Ministry of Culture. In 1922 he became a full professor of state, administrative and international law at the University of Breslau.

By 1930 he was teaching civics (state citizens) on Wednesdays, from 12pm to 1pm, as can be seen in the extract below from the University of Breslau handbook for 1930 to 1931.

Hans Helfritz, 1930 to 1931, University of Breslau

In this extract from the same handbook, below, Helfritz is listed under:

IV. Lectures in Public Rights

100 Finance and tax law, on Fridays from 9am to 10am, and on Sundays from 8am to 10am.

101 Communal rights and communal politics, Mondays and Thursdays, 9am to 10am.

Hans Helfritz, University of Breslau, 1930-1931, Lectures in Public Rights.

In the next extract:

Hans Helfritz, PhD, Doctor of Jurisprudence 18, Eichendorffstraße 63 (see map below), telephone 32 655. State administration and people’s rights, particularly municipal law.

Hans Helfritz, address, University of Breslau, 1930-1931
Map extract, Breslau 1930 – showing Eichendorff Straße. Source: Fotopolska.eu.

In addition, Helfritz taught Jurisprudence (‘Rights Science’) research, no. 134 Exercises in administrative law, with written work, on Tuesdays at 6.30pm (punctually) until 8pm.

Hans Helfritz, Universty of Breslau, 1935

The final listing in this academic year for Hans Helfritz is as follows:

15. Academic committee for physical examinations

Chair: The Rector. Members: Professor Dr Haase, Professor Dr Jirku, Professor Dr Helfritz…

Hans Helfritz, University of Breslau, 1935

In spring 1933, Helfritz was appointed Rector of the University of Breslau, but had been removed from the post by autumn of the same year; he had made statements opposing the National Socialist regime. Presumably he would have had to sign the Oath of Loyalty to the National Socialist government in this year, in order to continue to teach at a German university, which he did until 1945.

One of a number of his listings in the 1935-1936 handbook is shown below (with a rough translation into English underneath):

Hans Helfritz, 1935-1936, University of Breslau

Faculty of Jurisprudence, Ordinary Professors. Doctor of Jurisprudence Hans Helfritz, PhD (13.09.1919), Managing director of Law. Seminars. (18) Kleinburgstraße, 15a (see map extract, below). Telephone 82655. State administration and people’s rights.

Kleinburg Straße, Breslau, 1930s. Source: fotopolska.eu

Below, from the 1935-1936 handbook, the change in title is notable from the earlier lectures he had been giving, reflecting, presumably, the politics of the day.

Jurisprudence, People, 101 Helfritz  **People and State, from Semester 1, Tuesdays and Fridays, 8am to 9am.

Hans Helfritz, 1935-1936, University of Breslau

In another lecture series in 1935-1936, Helfritz taught Selected chapters of Prussian constitutional and administrative history, on Wednesdays at 8am and 9am.


During the war, Helfritz served in the Wehrmacht; he was a lieutenant in the Vth Army Corps.

After the war, in 1945, Helfritz was appointed Chair of state, administrative and international law at Friedrich Alexander University, Erlangen, but was subsequently dismissed, only to be reinstated from 1947 to 1951. He was a member of the Historical Commission for Silesia, and a member of the Association of German State Lawyers.


All black and white extracts on this page are from the 'Vorlesungs und Personal Verzeichnis der Schlesischen Friedrich Wilhelms Universität zu Breslau Winter Semester 1930/1931', and the equivalent handbook for 1935-1936, and the equivalent handbook for 1935-1936, available online at the University of Wrocław.

The map extract is from the excellent fotopolska.eu website.