Preamble

Following the advent of the National Socialist regime in the year 1938, more than 2,700 mostly Jewish affiliates of the University of Vienna were dismissed and subsequently driven away and/or murdered - lecturers, students and administration employees. Furthermore, over 200 people were stripped of their academic titles.
In 2008, 70 years after the so-called "Anschluss" [annexation] and the pogroms of what came to be cynically called the "Kristallnacht" [Crystal Night], the University of Vienna commemorates this injustice and  ...

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Georg Zak

  • Born: 12-28-1913
  • Faculty: Faculty of Philosophy
  • Category: expelled student

Dr. med. Georg ZAK, born on December 28th, 1913 in Vienna/Austria (entitled residency ('heimatberechtigt') for Vienna/Austria, Citizenship: Austria), son of tit. ao. Univ. Prof. Dr. Emil Zak (physician, chief physician of Viennas' polyclinic and head of the cardiology department), lived in Vienna's 9th district, Widerhofergasse 7. Georg Zak had graduated in medicine before he started his chemical studies at the philisophical school. He was enrolled finally in the spring term 1938 at the Philosophical School in the 2nd year of his studies. In times of National-Socialism he was not allowed to continue his studies for racist reason and was forced to leave the university.

Also his brother Friedrich Zak, student at the medical school in his last term was forced to leave the university without graduation and also their father, Prof. Emil Zak, lost his venia legendi at the University of Vienna in April 1938 and was forced to leave his position as Primarius of the polyclinic.

Georg Zak was arrested in Vienna during the November-pogrom and was deported to the concentration-camp Dachau on November 10, 1938. He could manage to leave Austria on February 19, 1939 after his release from Dachau. He emigrated to England, were he lived from 1939 to 1951. Soon after his arrival, he was interned as an "enemy alien" in England and then had to join the British Army. In October 1941 he began to work as a physician in an English hospital. Later he emigrated to the USA. He lived and worked in New York since April 1951, became naturalized and was a US-citizen.

 

Lit: Vienna University Archive/Medical and Philosophical School: Nationale; information from Mag. Barbara Sauer (Project "Medical Doctors in Austria 1938-1945. Deprivation of Rights, Expulsion, Murder"); Austrian State Archive/Archiv der Republik/06-Finanzen/Hilfsfonds.

Herbert Posch


Dokumente

Nationale of Georg Zak, fall term 1937/38 (form front), Photo: H. Posch (c) Vienna University ArchiveNationale of Georg Zak, fall term 1...
Nationale of Georg Zak, fall term 1937/38 (form back), Photo: H. Posch (c) Vienna University ArchiveNationale of Georg Zak, fall term 1...
Nationale of Georg Zak, spring term 1938 (form front), Photo: H. Posch (c) Vienna University ArchiveNationale of Georg Zak, spring term...
Nationale of Georg Zak, spring term 1938 (form back), Photo: H. Posch (c) Vienna University ArchiveNationale of Georg Zak, spring term...



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