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  ...

Max Strassberg

  • Born: 06-15-1886
  • Faculty: Faculty of Medicine
  • Category: deprivation of academic degree

Max STRASSBERG (b. June 15th, 1886 in Vienna), the son of Jacob Schia Strassberg (real estate tycoon and board member of the Tempelverein of the Favoritner Jewish Community, died 1939) and of Amalia Srassberg, née Haber.

He received his doctorate at the Medical Faculty of the University of Vienna on May 15th, 1911, earned the degree of "Dr. med." and worked as a doctor in Vienna.
Dr. Max Strassberg had married Masal (Mathilde Mizzi), Albala on June 23rd, 1912 in the turkish Temple in Vienna 2nd district, Zirkusgasse 22, but the marriage was dissolved on February 4th, 1930 in the district court of Vienna-Margarethen. Later, Dr. Max Strassberger worked as a doctor in Egypt - in 1933 he had permanently deregistered from Vienna to Egypt - and maybe also in Greece, entually in Thessaloniki, but this could not yet be prooved.

After National-Socialist takeover of power he, as a Jew, was forcibly expatriated from the Third Reich and on July 14th, 1942, he was deprived of his academic degree for racist reason at the University of Vienna, since in National-Socialism he was considered "unworthy as a Jew to have an academic degree of a German university".

It was not until 13 years after the withdrawal and long after the end of National-Socialism that he was regranted his doctorate on May 15th, 1955, in declaring the revocation as "void from the beginning" - this formal act was held "reservat" and he got no information about this.

His younger sister, Anna Netty Strassberg-Huttrer, later returned to Vienna from her emigration in the USA and died in Vienna in September 1978, buried in the Greek Dept. of the Central Cemetery.


His younger sister, Anna Netty Strassberg-Huttrer and her husband, Manfred Huttrer, resigned from the Jewish community on November 25th, 1938 (note: Greek Catholic baptized) and tried to flee Austria - only in 1940 they did succeed to emigrate to the USA with the help of JOINT and Frederic S. Strassberg as a depositer. Anny Netty Strassberg-huttrer returned to Vienna from the United States in 1969 and died here in December 1973, and is buried in the Greek section of the Central Cemetery.

His older brother Dr. jur. Bernhard Heinrich Strassberg, (born 1882 in Lemberg, Galicia [Lviv/Ukraine] graduated from the University of Vienna on July 14th, 1905 as a "Dr. jur." and was registered in the Attorney's List Vienna in 1914 (practice: Vienna 1st district, Goldschmiedgasse 8). In 1938 he was removed from the lawyer list  for racist reasons and was deported to Auschwitz and murdered there. His wife Alice died in Theresienstadt.

About the further life and work of Dr. med. Max Strassberg little is known so far.

Lit.: POSCH 2009, 482; SAUER/REITER-ZATLOUKAL 2010, 335; Archive of the University of Vienna/Nationale 1937-1938, graduation protocol MED (1904–1912) Nr.: 1296, GZ 118/31 ex 1941/42, GZ 561/15 ex 1944/45; information from Dr. Ruth Heidrich-Blaha, Vienna 2012 and 2019 and from Dr. Barbara Sauer, Vienna 2019; REITER-ZATLOUKAL/SAUER 2019;; Expatriation list announced in Deutscher Reichsanzeiger Nr. 119 from May 24th, 1941.

Herbert Posch




Max Strassberg, order for expatriation and demand for depossession of acadamic degree, 1941 (c) Archiv e of the University of ViennaMax Strassberg, order for expatriat...
Max Strassberg, order for depossession of acadamic degree, 1942 (c) Archive of the University of ViennaMax Strassberg, order for depossess...

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