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  ...

Berta Amstetter (geb. Smal Broch, verh. Kaufman)

  • Born: 9-7-1913
  • Faculty: Faculty of Medicine
  • Category: expelled student

Berta AMSTETTER (nee Beile Broche, recte SMAL BROCH, later married KAUFMAN), born on September 7th, 1913 in Sandowitz-Zedowice, Upper Silesia/German Empire [Żędowice//Poland (entitled residency ('heimatberechtigt') for Vienna/Austria, Citizenship: Austria), daughter of Lucy Broch (cosmetician), lived in Vienna 9th district, Liechtensteinstraße 20/12.
Berta Amstetter was enrolled finally in spring term 1937 in the 5th and last year of his studies ('Absolutorium' was certified on July 18th, 1938) and was preparing for the final exams ('Rigorosen') in 1938.

She could finally finish her medical 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.

She got married to her american fellow student Samuel KAUFMAN (born 1912), who also graduated on July 21st, 1938 with the discriminating ceremony of a "Nichtarierpromotion". He as an American citizen had to declare that he is not willing to practice as a physician in the German Reich.

They emigrated together in August 1938 to the USA.


Lit: POSCH 2009, 371; Archive of the University of Vienna/Enrollment forms ("Nationale") MED, Protocol of Promotions; information from  Maria Czwik and Barbara Sauer, Vienna 12/2015; REITER-ZATLOUKAL/SAUER 2021.


Katharina Kniefacz and Herbert Posch


Dokumente

Nationale of Berta Amstetter, spring term 1937 (front), Photo: Katharina Kniefacz (c) Archives of the University of ViennaNationale of Berta Amstetter, sprin...
Nationale of Berta Amstetter, spring term 1937 (back), Photo: Katharina Kniefacz (c) Archives of the University of ViennaNationale of Berta Amstetter, sprin...
Berta Amstetter, geb. Smal Broch, 'Nichtarierpromotion' on July 21st 1938, 4127 'Promotionsprotokoll' Medical School 1929-1942, Photo: Herbert Posch, (c) Archiv Universität WienBerta Amstetter, geb. Smal Broch, '...



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