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  ...

Kurt Graftmann

  • Born: 03-17-1912
  • Faculty: Faculty of Medicine
  • Category: expelled student

Kurt GRAFTMANN, born on March 17th, 1912 in Vienna (entitled residency ('heimatberechtigt') for Vienna, Citizenship: Austria) was the son of Oskar Graftmann (salesman) and Adele, nee. Bloch and the family lived in Viennas' 20th district, Raffaelgasse 6/13. He graduated from high school in summer 1931 and was enrolled at the Medical School of the University of Vienna in fall term 1931/32 for the next 13 terms. For unknown reasons 2,5 years of study were not confirmed, so that he was finally enrolled in the fall term 1937/38 in the 3rd year of his studies (fall term 1937/38 was validated on February 9th, 1938).

After the so called "Anschluss" in March 1938 he was forced to leave the university for racist reasons and had to flee from Vienna and former Austria.

He was able to emigrate to Shanghai and he married Rosa Bartensten there (or on the way). In 1942 their son Josef Joachim Oskar was born. The family continued to emigrate to the USA in 1947. They first settled down in San Francisco/California and in 1948 in Seattle/Washington (1953 naturalization to US-citizens).

Lit.: information from his granddaughter Dari Stolzoff/USA, 2017; Archive of the University of Vienna, Nationale oft he Philosophical School; Archive of the Jewish Community of Vienna, "Auswandererkartei".

Herbert Posch


Dokumente

Nationale of Kurt Graftmann, fall term 1937/38 (1st form front), Photo: H. Posch (c) Universitätsarchiv WienNationale of Kurt Graftmann, fall t...
Nationale of Kurt Graftmann, fall term 1937/38 (1st form front), Photo: H. Posch (c) Universitätsarchiv WienNationale of Kurt Graftmann, fall t...



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