Preamble

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  ...

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Erwin Hahn

  • Born: 11-09-1917
  • Faculty: Faculty of Medicine
  • Category: expelled student

Erwin HAHN, born on November 9th, 1917 in Stockerau/Lower Austria (entitled residency ('heimatberechtigt') for Stockerau/Lower Austria, Citizenship: Austria), son of Hermann Hahn (merchant in Stockerau), lived in Stockerau, Prager Strasse 21, was enrolled finally in the spring term 1938 at the Medical School in the 3rd year of his studies. But this term was not validated for the euphemistic reason "lack of attendance" ("wegen mangelnder Frequenz").

He was forced to quit his studies and to leave the university for racist reason (leaving certificate ("Abgangszeugnis") was issued on July 15th, 1938).

At the beginning of December 1938, Erwin Hahn was able to emigrate illegally by  ship on the river Danube to the Black Sea and via Constantinople to Tel Aviv in Palestine [Israel], where he arrived at the end of December 1938. In Vienna's registration register he was deregistered from Vienna's 2nd district, Kleine Sperlgasse 1/37 to Palestine on December 2nd, 1938.
The business of his parents - Adeline (Lina) Hahn, née Scheuer (1881-1941) and Hermann Hahn (1882-1941) - in Stockerau had been expropriated ("Aryanized"), their apartment had been seized, they had been forced to relocate to Vienna and were deported from Vienna's 2nd district, Weintraubengasse 19/16 to Lódż/Litzmannstadt [Poland] on October 19th, 1941 and were murdered there. His sister Erna Hahn was able to emigrate to Great Britain with a domestic-permit as a maid, married Richard Burnett in England and lived in London until she died.

Erwin Hahn married Margarethe [Margalit] Pardo (b. November 26th, 1920) on September 15th, 1942. As he could not continue with his medical studies in Palestine, he returned to Vienna in April 1947 to finish his medical studies. The spring term 1938 was validated. He lived then in Gumpendorferstrasse 80/1 with Arabella Meisel. As soon as he had finished his studies, he graduated on March 23rd, 1950, became "Dr.med.univ." (M.D.) and left Vienna to return to Israel.

In Tel Aviv Erwin Hahn learned Hebrew and started to work in an orange plantations, later as a road construction worker - a continuation of his medical studies was not possible, but from 1939 he was able to work as a paramedic in a hospital and finally enlisted in the British Army in Palestine and was able to work in the Army Medical Corps. Due to a tuberculosis disease he was soon discharged and after his recovery he worked in a medical laboratory where he also met his future wife Margarethe [Margalit] Pardo (b. November 26th, 1920), whom he married on September 15th, 1942. After the end of the war he went with her to Vienna via Czechoslovakia at the end of April 1947, but only to resume his  interrupted medical studies. In Israel there was not yet a separate medical-university education, to start studies at another university abroad from the beginning he neither had time nor the finances. The first five regular terms - and subsequently also the summer term, which had been refused in 1938 - were credited to him. In Stockerau all traces of his family were erased, an application for restitution remained unsuccessful, Erwin Hahn and his wife lived at that time in Vienna's 6th district, Gumpendorferstrasse 80/1. Immediately after completing his studies and receiving his medical doctorate ("Dr. med. univ.") on March 23rd, 1950, he and his wife finally returned to Israel.

Erwin Hahn worked in Israel for most of his life as a doctor at the Afula Hospital and lived with his family in Haifa. Together with his wife Margalit he had two children. His daughter Shlomit also studied medicine and became a doctor in Israel as did their daughter Goni. His son emigrated from Israel to Australia, but his children returned to Israel.


Lit.: Archive University of Vienna/Medical School: Nationale 1936-1938, 1947-1949; POSCH/INGRISCH/DRESSEL 2008, 399; KNIGHT 2017, 84; REITER-ZATLOUKAL/SAUER 2021; DÖW-NS-Victims-Database; information from from Dr. Barbara Sauer, Vienna 03/2019, from his daughter Dr. Shlomit Katz, Israel 01/2021, and from his granddaughter Ruth Hahn, Israel, 01/2021.


Herbert Posch


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