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  ...

Berisch Gross

  • Born: 02-09-1906
  • Faculty: Faculty of Philosophy
  • Category: expelled student

Berisch GROSS, born on February 9th, 1906 in Rawa Ruska/Poland [Ukraine] 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 History on May 20th, 1936, and passed the first 'Rigorosum' on June 25th, 1936. His dissertation 'Toleranz und Intoleranz bei Luther und Calvin' was accepted on June 13th, 1936, and he also passed the second 'Rigorosum' on December 28th, 1938.

He could finally finish his studies and graduated on October 31st, 1938, but only with the discriminating ceremony of a 'Nichtarierpromotion', which included at the same time that he was banned from his profession.

He was probably able to escape to Great Britain, but was imprisoned there as an enemy alien in the Kitchener Camp. Later he emigrated to the USA and lived in Pennsylvania.

He died on December 7th, 1991.

Lit.: Archive of the University of Vienna/enrollment forms ("Nationale") PHIL 1937-1938, final examnation registry ("Rigorosenprotokoll") PHIL Nr. 13096, graduation registry ("Promotionsprotokoll") PHIL 1931-1941 Nr. 2870a; POSCH 2009, 367;

Herbert Posch


Berisch Gross, 'Nichtarierpromotion' on October 31st, 1938, 2870a 'Promotionsprotokoll' Philosophical School 1931-1941, Photo: Herbert Posch, (c) Archiv Universität WienBerisch Gross, 'Nichtarierpromotion...

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