HANSTAENGL'S SON MAY COME HERE AS STUDENT
HARDING REVEALS PLANS IN 1909 CLASS REUNION REPORT
Egon L. S. Hanfstaengl, son of Ernst F. "Putzi" Hanfstaengl '09, one-time personal pianist to Adolf Hitler, and Nazi press chief, may enter Harvard in the fall, it was revealed yesterday in the thirtieth anniversary report for the class of 1969.
Francis A. Harding of Watertown, secretary of the class of 1909, disclosed that Hanfstaengl senior had written him a letter in March in which he expressed a desire that his son, now in his last year at St. Paul's School, Concord, New Hampshire, should come to Harvard next September.
Hanfstaengl was involved in a sensational controversy with Harvard five years ago when his offer of a special Hanfstaengl scholarship was turned down by President Conant and the Corporation because of the donor's close affiliation with the Nazi movement.
Conant Rapped Nazis
In a letter to Hanfstaengl on September 24, 1934, the President said, "The Corporation are unwilling to accept a gift from one who has been so closely associated with the leadership of a political party which has inflicted damage on the universities of Germany through measures which have struck at principles we believe fundamental to universities throughout the world."
Hanfstaengl at that time held the post of Chancellor Hitler's foreign press agent. In June, 1985, he had offered Harvard $1000 for a traveling fellowship in Germany, to be held by a Harvard student for a year and a half, six months of which time should be spent at Munich.
Salt was rubbed into Hanfstaengl's wounds nearly a year later, when form letter appealing for contributions to a National Scholarship fund was inadvertently sent out to him. Not sure that the didn't mean that Harvard had changed its mind about accepting his offer, Hanfstaengl wrote back offering to raise his offer to $10,000, to provide for the traveling fellowships for a period of ten years.
President Conant and the Corporation again curtly turned down Hanfstaengl's offer