Ludwig W. Adamec, Afghanistan scholar, Died at 94

Ludwig W. Adamec was born on March 10, 1924, and died on January 1, 2019.

Ludwig W. Adamec was a noted scholar on the Middle East and Afghanistan.

Mr. Adamec was a professor emeritus in the School of Middle East and North African Studies at the University of Arizona.

Ludwig W. Adamec wrote and edited numerous books, including the republication of the monumental Historical and political gazetteer of Afghanistan, which had originally been compiled but was unpublished by the government in British India.

Ludwig was born in Vienna in 1924, his father died when Adamec was 5 years old.

His mother died when he was 16 years old in 1940.

Ludwig did not like the Nazi ideology and described himself as a “swing kid”.

After Ludwig W. Adamec numerous escapes from orphanages and attempts to cross border to Switzerland, or another non-Nazi country, he was arrested and placed in the Moringen concentration camp where he stayed until the end of the Second World War.

In 1950, Ludwig left Austria and after travels across Europe, Asia and Africa.

Ludwig moved to the US in 1954, where he obtained a doctorate in Middle Eastern studies.

During 1967, Ludwig entered the University of Arizona as a scholar in Middle Eastern studies.

Ludwig taught the history of the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa from about 500 A.D. to present days, and also for some time taught Arabic and Persian languages at the University.

In 1975, Mr. Adamec established a Near Eastern Center at the University and headed the Center for the subsequent 10 years.

In 1986-87 Mr. Adamec represented the Afghanistan Branch at Voice of America.

Ludwig W. Adamec died at 94 years old.