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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Ruth Stein (verh. Sommer)

  • Born: 04-05-1917
  • Faculty: Faculty of Philosophy
  • Category: expelled student

Ruth STEIN (married SOMMER), born on April 5th, 1917 in Vienna/Austria (entitled residency ('heimatberechtigt') for Vienna/Austria, Citizenship: Austria), daughter of Dr. Ernst Stein (physician, 1881-1957) and Malke Stein (nee Haar, 1886-1944). They lived in Vienna's 19th district, Peter-Jordan-Strasse 82. Ruth Stein had graduated from highschool on June 6, 1935 (at Waehringer Maedchen-Realgymnasium in Vienna's 18th district, Gymnasiumstr. 38) and immatriculated at the University of Vienna at the Philosophical School and she was enrolled finally in the spring term 1938 in the 3rd year of her studies and took courses in Pharmaceutics and Chemistry.

She was not allowed to finish her studies after the "Anschluss" for racist reason and she had to flee from Austria, like the rest of her family. Her brother Paul Stein (1913-2000) who had graduated at the Medical School on March 4, 1938 (only 8 days before the “Anschluss”) could emigrate via Sweden to the USA. Former patients of her father - a leading doctor and head of the Hospital of the Viennese Mercantile Community - were a big help to get the visas and affidavits for him and his wife to leave Austria to London and eventually to the USA.

Ruth Stein could emigrate to Great Britain with a nursing training visa and in 1939 to the USA. She was not able to continue her studies under the conditions of emigration, but could start medical-technician studies in September 1940 at the School of Clinical Laoratory Technology at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison Wisconsin and graduated in September 1942. She worked from January 1943 to January 1948 as a laboratory assistant at the Montefiori Hospital in New York/NY. In November 1945 she was naturalized and became a cititzen oft he USA. She lived in different parts of the USA e.g. in New York/NY and later in Albany, Schenectady and Rochester/NY. In January 1948 she married Dr. Moses Sommer (1911-2008) from Tarnów in Galicia/Austro-Hungaria [Tarnów/Poland]. They had a son, Henry who became a lawyer later on, and two daughters, Margaret, who had a small business, and Susan, a nurse practitioner.

Ruth Sommer, nee Stein, deceased on January 15, 2012 in Rochester, Monroe County/NY.

Lit.: information from her son Henry Sommer, USA 2017; geni.

Herbert Posch


Dokumente

Ruth Stein with parents and brother on vacation, early 1930ies (Ernst, Ruth, Malke & Paul Stein), (c) Henry Sommer, USARuth Stein with parents and brother...
Ruth Stein with her father Dr. Ernst Stein and brother Paul in the Hospital of the Viennese Mercantile Community, 1930ies, (c) Henry Sommer, USARuth Stein with her father Dr. Erns...
Ruth Stein, tramline ticket to the University of Vienna, 1935, (c) Henry Sommer, USARuth Stein, tramline ticket to the ...
Ruth Stein in a pharmazeutical laboratory in Vienna, mid 1930ies, (c) Henry Sommer, USARuth Stein in a pharmazeutical labo...
Nationale of Ruth Stein, fall term 1937/38 (1st form front), Photo: H. Posch (c) Universitätsarchiv WienNationale of Ruth Stein, fall term ...
Nationale of Ruth Stein, fall term 1937/38 (1st form back), Photo: H. Posch (c) Universitätsarchiv WienNationale of Ruth Stein, fall term ...
Nationale of Ruth Stein, spring term 1938 (1st form front), Photo: H. Posch (c) Universitätsarchiv WienNationale of Ruth Stein, spring ter...
Nationale of Ruth Stein, spring term 1938 (1st form back), Photo: H. Posch (c) Universitätsarchiv WienNationale of Ruth Stein, spring ter...
Nationale of Ruth Stein, spring term 1938 (2nd form front), Photo: H. Posch (c) Universitätsarchiv WienNationale of Ruth Stein, spring ter...
Nationale of Ruth Stein, spring term 1938 (2nd form back), Photo: H. Posch (c) Universitätsarchiv WienNationale of Ruth Stein, spring ter...
Ruth Steins certificate for botany, University of Vienna 1936, exhibited July 11. 1938, (c) Henry Sommer, USARuth Steins certificate for botany,...
Ruth Steins certificate about methods and techniques of laboratory, Prof. Wilhelm, Vienna December 23, 1938, (c) Henry Sommer, USARuth Steins certificate about metho...
Ruth Stein with coworker 1939, Thrifty Drug Store, Rochester/MN, (c) Henry Sommer, USARuth Stein with coworker 1939, Thri...
Ruth Stein with fellow students of medical-technical course at St. Mary's Hospital Madison/MN,  1941/42, (c) Henry Sommer, USARuth Stein with fellow students of ...
Ruth Stein with fellow students of medical-technical course at St. Mary's Hospital Madison/MN,  1941/42, (c) Henry Sommer, USARuth Stein with fellow students of ...
Ruth Steins diploma for Clinical Laboratory Technology at St. Mary's hospital Madison/MN, (c) Henry Sommer, USARuth Steins diploma for Clinical La...
Ruth Sommer, nee Stein, with her children Henry, Margaret & Susan, 1964, (c) Henry Sommer, USARuth Sommer, nee Stein, with her ch...
Ruth Sommer, nee Stein, with husband Moses, 25th wedding anniversary 1973, (c) Henry Sommer, USARuth Sommer, nee Stein, with husban...



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