Ludolf Malten

11th November 1879 to 14th February 1969

Ludolf Malten, signature, University of Breslau, 1934

German Classicist Ludolf Malten studied in Berlin and gained a lectureship at the University of Wilmersdorf in 1907.

Malten moved to the University of Königsberg to take up a professorship in 1919, and then to Breslau in 1922. He remained at Breslau until the end of the war, when Germans had to leave Silesia: the area was given to Poland in 1945 and was thus under the control of the USSR. Malten fled to the University of Göttingen, were he remained until his retirement in 1958.

During the Nationalist Socialist years, Malten’s work was very much part of the re-writing of Classicist myths to support the contemporary nationalist, racist cause.


 From the perspective of the student, which my father was in the early to mid 1930s, Malten was a senior member of staff at Breslau. The 1930-1931 handbook shows him as part of the academic administration (akademische verwaltung), as a member of the honorarium committee. He was also listed as being Chairman and manager of the university federation, based at 21 Sauerbrunn 2.

Sauerbrunn, Breslau, 1931

Malten taught classics – Latin and Greek, as can be seen in the extract from the handbook, below.

Dr Malten, University of Breslau, 1930-1931 handbook

By 1935-1936, the last year in which my father was allowed to attend university, Malten had been promoted to Dean of the Classics faculty. He was also on the Library Committee, and teaching at Kurfürstenstraße 28 (see handbook extract below).

Ludolf Malten, Dean of Classics, Universty of Breslau, 1935-1936 handbook
Kurfürsten straße, Breslau, 1931

According to the handbook for 1935-1936, Malten taught Classics seminars, Latin and Greek languages, and Greek religious history on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 9am to 10am.


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, available online at the University of Wrocław.

The map extract is from the excellent fotopolska.eu.