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  ...

Alfred Bernhard Alexander

  • Born: 04-30-1909
  • Faculty: Faculty of Medicine
  • Category: deprivation of academic degree

Alfred Bernhard ALEXANDER was born on April 30th, 1909 in Vienna as son of Dr. Gustav Alexander (1863-1940) and Bertha Alexander (geb 1872). He had graduated at the Medical School at the University of Vienna on February 24th, 1933 with the academic degree 'Dr. med.'.

He lived in Vienna's 8th district, Skodagasse 15/9 and and worked as demonstrator and assistant doctor ("Hilfsarzt") at the university clinic for otolaryngology in the Central Hospital of Vienna until 1938. After the "Anschluss" he had to leave te clinic and looses is grants.

He could emigrate to Great Britain and later to the USA. Because of this he was deprived of his citizenship on May 24th, 1941. He was also deprived of his academic degree on July 14th, 1942 with the racist argument, that he as a Jew was not considered dignified an academic degree of a German university ('eines akademischen Grades einer deutschen Hochschule unwürdig').  

It took 13 years since the deprivation – and a very long time since the end of Nazism – until the regranting of the doctorate took finally place on May 15th, 1955.

Alfred Alexander deceased on June 13, 1983 in the USA.

Lit.: Archive University of Vienna; information from Mag. Barbara Sauer (Project "Medical Doctors in Austria 1938-1945. Deprivation of Rights, Expulsion, Murder") 2016; geni

Herbert Posch


Bernhard Alfred Alexander: expatriation and depromotion, Ministry of Education Berlin on April 30, 1941, photo: Herbert Posch (c) Vienna University ArchiveBernhard Alfred Alexander: expatria...

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