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Keywords:

  • aspirin;
  • cellulose acetate;
  • history of chemistry;
  • pharmaceutical chemistry;
  • plastics industry
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The life and achievements of the Jewish chemist and entrepreneur Arthur Eichengrün, a trailblazer in the German cellulose acetate industry, have been unjustly forgotten as a long-term consequence of National Socialism. Newly examined sources give detailed insight into his tragic biography, which was illustrative of the times.