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  ...

Markus Wasser

  • Born: 05-26-1912
  • Faculty: Faculty of Medicine
  • Category: expelled student

Markus WASSER, born on May 26th (20th), 1912 in Radziechów, Galicia/Austro-Hungarian Empire [later Poland, today Ukraine] (entitled residency ('heimatberechtigt') for Vienna/Austria, Citizenship: Austria), son of Jakob Lakriz false Wasser (civil servant, b. January 8th 1887 in Lapotyn) and Chaje Wasser, née Ecker (b. February 1st, 1890 in Radziechów, Galicia), lived in Vienna's 3rd district, Obere Weissgaerberstrasse 18 since 1932, was enrolled finally in fall term 1937/38 at the Medical School in the 5th and last year of his studies ('Absolutorium' was certified on December 17th, 1938).

In 1938, after the takeover of power of National-Socialism he was forced to quit his medical studies for racist reason and to leave the University of Vienna withou a chance to graduate.

He married in January 1939 in Vienna-Leopoldstadt Stella Preminger (b. 1919 in Vienna) with a shortened procedure as presenting the ships passage to emigrate to the USA only a few days later. But plans had to be changes and they emigrated via Belgium, France and Switzerland (end of 1942) to Palestine [Israel] (his father died in New York).

He could finish his medical studies later, graduated and became a physician. He returned to Vienna, lived in Vienna's 7th district, Zieglergasse 54/6, and became a medical practitioner in Vienna.

He died on September 13th, 1979 in Vienna and is burried at Vienna's central cemetery ("Zentralfriedhof").

Lit.: Archive of the University of Vienna/enrollment forms ("Nationale") MED 1937-1938; POSCH/INGRISCH/DRESSEL 2008, 494; information from Dr. Barbara Sauer and Dr. Georg Gaugusch, Vienna 09/2020.

Herbert Posch


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

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