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  ...


Friedrich Pick

  • Born: 1-5-1912
  • Faculty: Faculty of Medicine
  • Category: expelled student

Friedrich PICK, born on January 5th, 1912 in Vienna/Austria (entitled residency ('heimatberechtigt') for Vienna/Austria, Citizenship: Austria), son of Karl Pick, MD (1869-1941, physician), lived in Vienna's 8th district, Albertgasse 54. He had finished an engineering high school and also graduated on February 10th, 1936, as an extra-curricular participant at the "Gymnasium" ("Reifepruefung"/"Matura") so he could start to study medicine at the University of Vienna in in spring term 1936. He was finally enrolled in fall term 1937/38 at the Medical School in the 2nd year of his studies (fall term 1937/38 was validated on February 15th, 1938).

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

He attempted to flee from Vienna in time - but without success and was deported to Opole/Poland on February 26th, 1942, together with his father, Dr. Karl Pick, who had been degraded to the position of "Jewish hospital worker" and who dies a few days after arrival in the ghetto due to prostration. He himself survived several ghettos, labor- and concentration camps, including Traunkirchen, Mitterweissenbach, Opole, Deblin, Janow, Modliborcycze, Plaszow and Flossenbuerg.
His older brother, Dr. Franz Pick (b. June 13th, 1902), who had already completed his medical studies in 1926, had fled from Vienna to the Netherlands in time, but was arrested there after the occupation and was deported to the concentration camp Auschwitz [Oświęcim] in German occupied Poland. He survived and worked as researcher at Institut Pasteuer in Paris/France, than became full professor for tropical medicine in Uruguay, and later returned to Austria and became a general practitioner.

Friedrich Pick returned to Austria after the end of National Socialism, was able to continue his medical studies and received his doctorate as "" (M.D.) at the University of Vienna on February 8th, 1951. After completing his specialist training in radiology, he worked as a doctor and court expert from 1959 until his retirement at the end of 1975.
He was married and had one daughter.

Dr. Friedrich Pick died on July 25 th, 1983 in Vienna.

Lit.: Archive of the University of Vienna/enrollment forms ("Nationale") MED 1937-1938; graduation registry ("Promotionsprotokoll") MED 1949-1954 Nr. 2952; information from  his daughter Hofrätin Marlies Pick, MA, Vienna 2019 and Dr. Barbara Sauer, Vienna 07/2020;; Yad Vashem | Shoah Victims' Names;

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Friedrich Pick, enrollment form medical school, fall term 1937/38 (1st form front), photo: Herbert Posch), © Archive of the University of ViennaFriedrich Pick, enrollment form med...
Friedrich Pick, enrollment form medical school, fall term 1937/38 (1st form back), photo: Herbert Posch), © Archive of the University of ViennaFriedrich Pick, enrollment form med...
Friedrich Pick, student ID card, 1936, © HR Mag.a Marlies Pick, WienFriedrich Pick, student ID card, 19...
Friedrich Pick, students book ("Meldungsbuch"), 1949, "damaged student" (geschaedigter Hochschueler"), © HR Mag.a Marlies Pick, WienFriedrich Pick, students book ("Mel...

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