Commemoration of the German Society of Gastroenterology
In memory of

Dr. med.
Erwin Cohnreich
1889 - 1943

Dissertation, Munich 1913
Dissertation, Munich 1913

Member since 1926

Settled early on as a specialist in gastrointestinal and metabolic diseases in private practice in Berlin

Dr. med. Erwin Cohnreich

  • Munich, 3‌0‌.‌0‌4‌.‌1‌8‌8‌9‌
  • Lancashire, England, 1943
  • Member since 1926
  • Escaped to England in 1936
  • Berlin
  • Specialist in gastrointestinal and metabolic diseases in private practice

“I, Erwin Cohnreich, was born in Munich, Bavaria, on 30 April 1989. I graduated from the humanistic Maximilians-gymnasium in Munich in July 1908 after nine years of studying and took up medical studies in the autumn of the same year. I spent one semester at the University of Berlin and the remaining nine semesters in my hometown Munich,” Erwin Cohnreich writes in the curriculum vitae of his dissertation.


Education and Places of Work

Cohnreich received his doctorate from the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich in 1913 with the thesis “Bestimmungen der Erythrocytenresistenz besonders im Dienst der Krebsdiagnose”, which he had worked on with Richard May at the Medical Polyclinic.

Cohnreich had actively participated in the First World War.

He was a specialist in gastrointestinal diseases in Berlin. There is currently no other information available.


Escape to England in 1936

Cohnreich fled Germany in the summer of 1936 and arrived in England in July 1936. He was released from internment as an enemy alien in England following the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939.

No further details about his life in England are known at present.

Erwin Cohnreich died in England in January 1943 at the age of 53.


  1. Erythrocytenresistenz und Krebsdiagnose. Klin Wschr 1912; 5: 50-52

Sources and Further Reading


Biographie of Dr. med. Erwin Cohnreich


  • Berliner Adressbuch für das Jahr 1930. Zentral und Landesbibliothek Berlin.
  • Cohnreich E. Medizinische Fakultät Universität München. Dissertation 1914
  • Mitgliederliste (D)GVS 1926 bis 1932, Archiv der DGVS, Berlin
  • Reichsmedizinalkalender 1933. Digitale Sammlung der ZB Medizin – Informationszentrum für Lebenswissenschaften. Im Internet: