Günther Schulemann

26th August 1889 to 15th June 1964

Günther Schulemann, signature, University of Breslau, Winter 1930/31

Philosopher theologian Günther Schulemann studied at Berlin, Freiberg and Breslau. He was ordained as a priest in Breslau in 1918 and worked at Breslau Cathedral.

Schulemann gained his qualification to teach at a university in 1923 and worked at Breslau university as a lecturer from 1924. By 1930 he was a professor of philosophy – a post he subsequently lost in 1939.

Schulemann appears in the University of Breslau handbook for 1930, listed as having the following address, which can be seen in the map extracted below.

Günther Schulemann, University of Breslau handbook 1930
Dom Platz, Breslau 1930 Source: fotopolska.eu

According to the handbook, Schulemann taught the philosophy of Confucius, taoism and buddhism, on Mondays from 4pm to 5pm, and the story of philosophy from Kant to the present day, on Mondays from 3pm to 4pm.

Günther Schulemann, University of Breslau handbook, 1930/31

He is also listed as teaching a seminar for beginners: An introduction to the Organon of Aristotle – private classes, Mondays 10am to 11am.

In the next handbook for the period we are following here, during which my father attended the university of Breslau, Schulemann is listed as teaching: Selected chapters on the wisdom of the East (India, China, Japan), on Mondays from 12pm to 1pm, and an Introduction to philosophy (classification, history, major disciplines, scientific working, technical terms), Mondays 3pm to 4pm, as seen in the handbook extract below.

Günther Schulemann, University of Breslau handbook, 1935-1936

Finally, Schulemann is listed in the 1935 handbook as teaching on the Testimony of Thomas Aquiinas, on Mondays from 11am to 12pm.

Indeed, Schulemann’s main research was on the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas, transcendentalism, Buddhism and the Dalai Lamas.

In the postwar period, Schulemann had to leave Silesia – and unusually for this period, he managed to do so with most of his work and books – and lived in Germany, working in a number of diocese over the years. He is buried in Loschwitz cemetery in Dresden.

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.