By Peter Coleman
‘H.W. Arndt has been Australia’s prime pupil of Asian monetary improvement for over thirty years’ - Former global financial institution President James D Wolfensohn. The yr of Heinz Wolfgang Arndt’s beginning, 1915, was once no longer a great time for a German boy to be born. His state used to be quickly to be defeated in an outstanding battle, his university years have been shadowed by way of the increase of Hitler. but while Heinz’s long-buried Jewish heritage led his educational father to lose his chair in chemistry and flee to Oxford, Heinz undefined. As Heinz positioned it, the calamity of Hitler’s upward thrust to strength led him to ‘the amazing luck of an Oxford schooling and a existence spent in England and Australia.’ This was once a guy of inexhaustible power and optimism, who back from months in the back of barbed twine interned in Canada to put in writing a old classic—The fiscal classes of the Nineteen-Thirties. He seized the possibility of an unforeseen task supply to trigger together with his younger relatives for Sydney the place he speedy demonstrated himself as a number one authority at the Australian banking procedure, launched into his fifty yr profession as a proficient college instructor and loved the 1st of many full of life forays as a public highbrow. however it used to be on the ANU that Heinz took the daring step which led him to turn into the Grand previous guy of Asian Economics. In 1966, simply after the Sukarno coup and the 12 months of residing dangerously, he decided the time had come to check the Indonesian financial system. It took all his attraction, endurance and ambitious mind to cajole the Indonesians to open their doorways to him. the outcome was once a worldleading centre of Indonesian economics which vastly contributed to the improvement of contemporary Indonesia.
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The camp adjutant informed them that they would soon be moved to Canada, which, like Australia, had agreed to take in dangerous internees whose presence in England might weaken the war effort. ) Arndt was not able to send any letters during the two weeks of the voyage to Canada on the motor-ship Ettrick. In any case his experiences were too squalid for him to tell Ruth about them in detail. He almost lost not only his British optimism but his Germanic stoicism. To ease the humiliation, he kept a diary in letter form 3 July: She is a troop-carrier with large rooms (mess-decks) with low ceilings.
Go one after the other to the lavatories. The scenes do not suffer description. It was simply ghastly. …The Colonel in command being unable to cope with disembarkation proceedings raged about shouting at everyone. m. m. we once again reached barbed wire…Most of our things were put into green bags with our names on them. 15 July: When the green bags were opened it was soon found that the sergeants and privates had used the unrivalled opportunity of the night search to steal on a colossal scale.
Well, it can’t be helped now. ’ Heinz now completed an apologia pro vita sua, which he called The Social Outlook of British Philosophers. G. Collingwood, a leading British philosopher and historian at the time, but it was also a statement of what Heinz had learned in Oxford about the English intelligentsia. The theme of Collingwood’s memoirs is his polemic against Realism, especially Oxford Realism, the philosophy that had supplanted Idealism, just as Idealism had supplanted Utilitarianism. The Realist doctrine is that nothing is affected by being known, that the authentic philosophical attitude is sceptical, critical and detached, and that philosophy can give no moral guidance.
Arndt's Story: The Life of an Australian Economist by Peter Coleman