Career and marriage in Germany

However, this time Wertheimer's career as a PD was a short one. He was made "Professor Extraordinarius" at the University of Berlin in 1922. This assurance of having an income solved one problem for Wertheimer: It finally made it financially feasible for him to marry. In 1923 he married Anna Caro, one of his Berlin University students with whom he had fallen in love. Wertheimer was then 43 years of age, considerably older than his wife. The Wertheimers remained in Berlin for the next seven years, and it was during those years that their four children were born. Two sons, Rudolph and Valentin, were born in 1924 and 1925, soon followed in 1927 by another son, Michael. Their daughter, Lise, came into the world the next year, in 1928.

Wertheimer became an immensely popular teacher at the University of Berlin. One of the characteristic components of all his classes was himself at the piano, playing music and querying his students as to what philosopher or even cartoon character he was musically portraying. It was also during these years in

Berlin that Wertheimer made the acquaintance of a man who would remain his friend for the rest of his life, physicist Albert Einstein. It appeared that Wertheimer had found his academic niche in Berlin. But events would soon change all of that. In 1929, he accepted the position of professor where his career could be said to have begun, the University of Frankfurt.

In some ways, it seems odd that Wertheimer accepted a teaching position back at the University of Frankfurt. The head of the Psychological Institute there, his old teacher Friedrich Schumann, and Wertheimer had by then developed a rift that was destined to deepen. Schumann apparently was less than pleased by, and disagreed with, the growth of Gestalt psychology. When Schumann assigned one of his students named Fuchs to assist him in research on the phenomenon of transparency, Fuchs told him that it could only be understood by using Wertheimer's Gestalt principles. Schumann immediately showed great antipathy towards Fuchs's ideas simply because they embraced Gestalt theory. The animosity between Schumann and Wertheimer only deepened when Schumann refused to allow Fuchs to publish his work on the project. By 1933, however, the disagreement between the two academics had become a moot point with the coming to power of Adolph Hitler and his National Socialist (Nazi) party.

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