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  ...

Hans Heimler

  • Born: 09-25-1913
  • Faculty: Faculty of Philosophy
  • Category: expelled student

Hans HEIMLER, born on September 25th, 1913 in Vienna had studied composition with Alban Berg and conducting with Felix Weingartner and wasn't enrolled at the Philosophical School any more in 1938, but was preparing for the final exams ('Rigorosen'). He registered for the final exams in Musicology on July 2nd, 1938, and passed the first 'Rigorosum' on July 7th, 1938. His dissertation 'Der Anteil des französischen Chansons an der Entwicklung der Instrumentalmusik' was accepted on July 2nd, 1938, and he also passed the second 'Rigorosum' on July 2nd, 1938. He could finally finish his studies and graduated on July 21st, 1938, but only with the discriminating ceremony of a 'Nichtarierpromotion', which included at the same time that he was banned from his profession.

He could emigrate to Great Britain, conducted for example in the 1950s at the Opera of Scotland (e.g. Carmen and Roi d'Ys 1953), composed and lectured composition for example tat the Surrey University (amonghis pupils David A. Picket, James Francis Brown, Prof. Peter Feuchtwanger and published (e.g. "Beethoven's Last Two Piano Sonatas: A Commentary", 1984). The graet admirer of english composers was a friend with composers as Ralph Vaughan Williams, Michael Tippett and Alan Rawsthorne. He was married to Elizabeth Heimler, british, athey lived in Guildford.

He deceased in August 1998 in West Surrey, Surrey, England.

Lit.: Information from James Francis Brown


Herbert Posch


Hans Heimler, 'Nichtarierpromotion' on July 21st, 1938, 2829 'Promotionsprotokoll' Philosophical School 1931-1941, Photo: Herbert Posch, (c) Archiv Universität WienHans Heimler, 'Nichtarierpromotion'...

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