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  ...


Siegfried (später: Shmuel) Nagler

  • Born: 03-22-1914
  • Faculty: Faculty of Philosophy
  • Category: expelled student

Siegfried NAGLER, born on March 22nd, 1914 in Vienna/Austria (entitled residency ('heimatberechtigt') for Vienna/Austria, Citizenship: Austria), son of Lazar Nagler (merchant) and Maria Lazar ("Pfaidlerin") lived in Vienna's 10th district, Reumannplatz 16, was enrolled finally in the fall term 1937/38 at the Philosophical School in the 5th and last year of his studies and took courses in Psychology, Educational Science and German language and literature Studies. He was in the final examination stage, had already submitted his dissertation in psychology ("self-presentation in objective control", supervised by Prof. Karl Buehler), but "could not be approbated because of the non-Aryan descent of the author," as markes in the opinion of 1948.

In 1938, after the takeover of power of National-Socialism he was forced to quit his studies in this final stage for racist reason, was no more allowed to take the final examinations and was forced to leave the University of Vienna without graduation.

He had to flee Austria and was able to emigrate to Palestine [Israel], where he arrived on August 15th, 1938 and was naturalized on February 25th, 1941. At the Hebrew University of Jerusalem he was able to resume his studies in part and in the fall term 1941/42 he could obtain a degree in sociology ("Minor Subject, Sociology of Culture") and worked at the Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem / Palestine [Israel] from 1943 to 1948.

After the end of the national socialism, in summer 1946, he asked the University of Viennese whether he could conclude his study based on his dissertation of 1938 (he resided at that time in Jizhakstr., House Goldberg, Shaare Hesed, Palestine) and received the deanery's answer on 12. August 1946:

"the approved dissertation retains its validity and that the sociology examniation from Jerusalem will be equivalized for Vienna as a side rigorosum, so that would only have to take the 2-hour major examination here: with Prof. Rohracher: General Psychology, Prof. Meister: Developmental Psychology and Prof. Dempf: Introduction to Philosophy. For the successful completion of the 1st Nebenrigorosums in Jerusalem, you would have to provide a certificate from the local University."

In 1947 he submitted the required confirmation of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and came to Vienna in 1948, registered for the final examination ("Rigorosum") on may on 31st, 1948.  On June 17th, 1948 Prof. Rohracher had reviewed the dissertation of 1938, and Siegfried Nagler passed the Rigorosum and could - with 10 years delay - graduate on July 16th, 1948 at the University of Vienna ("Dr. phil." / PhD.).

after graduating in Vienna in 1948, Siegfried (later: Shmuel) Nagler worked as a clinical psychologist, psychoanalyst, educator and sociologist at the University of Haifa and the Hebrew University. He was author of many book, e.g. of the widely acclaimed National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Israeli-Kibbutz-City Study.

Shmuel Nagler died in Israel in March 1987.

Lit.: Archive of the University of Vienna/enrollment forms ("Nationale") MED 1937-1939, graduation registry ("Promotionsprotokoll") PHIL 1941-1956 No 1029, register and file of final examination ("Rigorosenprotokoll und -akt") PHIL 16605; POSCH/INGRISCH/DRESSEL 2008, 442; Susanne Heim & Caroline Pearce, eds., The Persecution and Murder of the European Jews by Nazi Germany, 1933–1945. Vol. 2: German Reich 1938–August 1939, Munich / Vienna 2019, 587; naturalization Israel; Israel Psychoanalytic Society.

Herbert Posch




Nationale of Siegfried Nagler, fall term 1937/38 (1st form front), Photo: H. Posch (c) Universitätsarchiv WienNationale of Siegfried Nagler, fall...
Nationale of Siegfried Nagler, fall term 1937/38 (1st form back), Photo: H. Posch (c) Universitätsarchiv WienNationale of Siegfried Nagler, fall...
Siegfried Nagler, confirmation of examination in sociology, Hebrew University Jerualem 1947, © Archive of the University of ViennaSiegfried Nagler, confirmation of e...
Siegfried Nagler, philosophical graduation register ("Promotionsprotokoll") 1948, No 1029, © Archive of the University of Vienna M 34.7Siegfried Nagler, philosophical gra...

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