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  ...

Oswald Habermann (Haberman)

  • Born: 02-07-1915
  • Faculty: Faculty of Philosophy
  • Category: expelled student

Oswald HABERMANN (Oswald Yehoshua HABERMAN), born on February 7th, 1915 in Vienna/Austria (entitled residency ('heimatberechtigt') for Rowaruska/Poland [Rawa-Ruska Рава-Руська/Ukraine], Citizenship: Poland), son of Markus Leib Habermann (Rabbi, 1882-1945) and Sima Habermann, née Schorr (1885-1926), lived in Vienna's 9th district, Meynertgasse 6/9, was enrolled finally in the fall term 1937/38 at the Philosophical School in the 2nd year of his studies and took courses in History, Oriental Studies and Philosophy (Leaving Certificate ('Abgangszeugnis') was issued on May 27th, 1938).

His elder brother Jakob Habermann (1912-1975), who studied at the Philosophical School, too, passed his first final exam (Rigorosum) in December 1937, but was also expelled from the University of Vienna in 1938 and was no more allowed to finish his studies.

Oswald Habermann had to flee Austria and was able to leave for Switzerland in time to stay with his uncle Alexander Habermann in Zurich and await his US visa, which he received in Zurich on July 7th, 1939. He was then able to emigrate to the U.S. from Le Havre, France on the SS Ile de France on July 15th, 1939 and arrived in New York City, NY on July 21th, 1939, where his father was already living at 1512 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, as was his brother Israel. He studied briefly at New York University and was mustered into the US Army in October 1940. He became a U.S. citizen on December 14th, 1944, and later lived at 8110 135th St. Apt 605, Jamaica, New York.

Oswald (Yehoshua) Haberman died on June 16th, 1997 in New York, USA.

Lit.: Archive of the University of Vienna/enrollment forms ("Nationale") PHIL 1937-1938; POSCH/INGRISCH/DRESSEL 2008, 399;; VHA-interview with his brother Nathan Haberman, USA 1998.

Herbert Posch


Nationale of Oswald Habermann, fall term 1937/38 (1st form front), Photo: H. Posch (c) Universitätsarchiv WienNationale of Oswald Habermann, fall...
Nationale of Oswald Habermann, fall term 1937/38 (1st form back), Photo: H. Posch (c) Universitätsarchiv WienNationale of Oswald Habermann, fall...

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