Roots, Early Years, Early Ideas

  • V. M. Housden


Dr Jur. Helmut Alfons Gottfried Karl Eduard Hans Ulrich Wilhelm Nicolai was born on 8 September 1895.1 The family home was in Charlottenburg, a fashionable suburb of Berlin. Nicolai’s first experience of the world, therefore, was from a very pleasant situation at the hub of the Kaiserreich. The twin notions of a comfortable life by virtue of birth estate and being at the very heart of the German state might well have been prophecies of Nicolai’s later life. Increasingly as the years passed, Nicolai structured his thought around an idea of Erblehre: a doctrine in which the principle of heredity provided the meaning and explanation of life. He also had few doubts that the ideas which grew out of this doctrine should have been central to the government of Germany. So it is both appropriate and instructive to begin an investigation into the life and works of Helmut Nicolai with a word about his ancestry.


Early Idea Private Bank German State Saving Bank Civil Service Examination 
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