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  ...


Karl Beth

  • Born: 12-01-1872
  • Faculty: Evangelic Theological Faculty
  • Category: expelled teacher

Karl BETH (born on December 1st, 1872 in Foederstedt (Germany), died on September 9th, 1959 in Chicago (USA)) was o. Prof. for dogmatic theology, symbolism and ethics at the Protestant Theological School of the University of Vienna.

He was persecuted in times of Nazism because of his political orientation lost his position and was thrown out of the university in 1938. He was able to emigrate to Chicago/USA.

Honouring him a gate in the campus of the University ('Tor der Erinnerung') was given his name in 1998 ('Beth-Tor', gate between Spitalgasse and court 1)

Lit.: MÜHLBERGER 1993, 10; Karl SCHWARZ, Karl Beths Weg ins Exil. Zur Geschichte der Evangelisch-Theologischen Fakultät der Universität Wien im März 1938, in: W. Engemann, Glaubenskultur und Lebenskunst. Interdisziplinäre Herausforderungen zeitgenössischer Theologie (Wiener Jahrbuch für Theologie, Bd. 10), Wien 2014. S. 173-191.

Herbert Posch

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