Short Portrait: Horst Hartmann

Horst Hartmann
Horst Hartmann

Horst Hartmann was born in 1924. After finishing school he took up his studies of Sinology and Anthropology in Göttingen. Hans Plischke was among his teachers. Erhard Schlesier, Gerd Koch and Rolf Herzog were among his fellow students.

Hartmann completed his Ph D thesis in 1949. Eventually he took up a position at the Ethnological Museum (formerly: Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde) in Berlin. There he was head chairman of the Section on American Natives since 1956, until his retirement in 1985.

For the 100th anniversary of the museum in 1973, Hartmann organized a special exhibition on »The Plains- and Prärieindians of North Americas«

Horst Hartmann died on Jan 3rd, 2010.


Hartmann is mentioned in the interview with Erhard Schlesier ( and Günther Hartmann (whom he is not related to):

(Text written by Vincenz Kokot in February 2012, based on BAA Prof. Riese; photo source: Erhard Schlesier April 2013)

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