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  ...

Gerta Schmid

  • Born: 09-21-1907
  • Faculty: Faculty of Philosophy
  • Category: expelled student

Gerta SCHMID, born on September 21st, 1907 in Vienna wasn't enrolled at the Philosophical School any more in 1938, but was preparing for the final exams ('Rigorosen'). She registered for the final exams in Zoology on November 19th, 1937, and passed the first 'Rigorosum' on January 27th, 1938. She presented her dissertation 'Entwicklungsbedingungen der imaginalen Rotfärbung am Vorderbein des Dixippus morosus Br. et Redt' on July 4th, 1938 which was accepted on July 6th, 1938, and she also passed the second 'Rigorosum' on July 11th, 1938. She could finally finish her studies and graduated on July 21st, 1938, but only with the discriminating ceremony of a 'Nichtarierpromotion', which included at the same time that she was banned from her profession.

Lit.: Gedenkbuch für die Opfer des Nationalsozialismus an der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften.


Gerta Schmid, 'Nichtarierpromotion' on July 21st, 1938, 2842 'Promotionsprotokoll' Philosophical School 1931-1941, Photo: Herbert Posch, (c) Archiv Universität WienGerta Schmid, 'Nichtarierpromotion'...

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