Georg Arnhold’s grandson, the American benefactor Henry H. Arnhold (1921-2018), instituted the guest professorship at the Georg Eckert Institute to honor the legacy of his grandfather.
Henry Arnhold continued the philanthropic tradition of his family. He supported numerous charitable trusts and foundations and he was president of the Arnhold Foundation, which primarily promotes the causes of animal welfare, education and the arts. At the same time, he was a member of several institutions with an advisory role in American foreign policy and German-American cooperation. He had a special interest in academic scholarship; his commitment to promoting literacy and education expressed itself in his major support for the New School in New York, which many exiled German scholars, such as Hannah Arendt, had made their new home. At the New School he endowed the Willy Brandt Professorship in honor of its founder Alvin Johnson and initiated programs of cooperation between the New School for Social Research and the Technische Universität Dresden. In addition to an honorary degree from the New School for Social Research, he held, like his father and grandfather before him, an honorary senatorship of the Technische Universität Dresden.
Henry Arnhold described himself and his family as bridge builders between Germany and the United States. He was passionate about bringing together stakeholders from the realms of culture, the sciences and the business community. With the Georg Arnhold Program he wanted to promote international dialog and exchange of ideas as well as links between academia and civil society, thus contributing to strong and peaceable societies:
“Throughout his life my grandfather focused on the question of how societies can achieve lasting peace. There are indeed many parallels between his life’s work and that of the Georg Eckert Institute: With the values and the education that we teach our children and youth today, we are shaping tomorrow’s society.”