Commemoration of the German Society of Gastroenterology
In memory of

Dr. med.
Hans Ury
1873 - 1937

Dr. med. Hans Ury around 1903, private collection of the Wallenberg family, USA
Dr. med. Hans Ury around 1903, private collection of the Wallenberg family, USA

Member since 1926

Close associate of Ismar Boas

Commited suicide in 1937

Dissertation, Berlin 1895, <br> Archive H Je
Dissertation, Berlin 1895,
Archive H Je
Memorial stone, Jewish cemetery Berlin-Weissensee, photograph Carolyn Naumann
Memorial stone, Jewish cemetery Berlin-Weissensee, photograph Carolyn Naumann

Dr. med. Hans Ury

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  • Member since 1926
  • Berlin
  • Specialist in gastrointestinal and metabolic diseases in private practice

“The author of this work, Hans Ury, of Jewish faith, son of the factory owner Emil Ury, was born in Berlin on 15 January 1873. He received his first school education in the pre-school of Dr. Kürten in Berlin, then attended the Köllnisches Gymmnasium, from which he graduated on Easter 1891 with the certificate of maturity,” Ury states in the curriculum vitae of his dissertation. His father was the director of the Berlin tobacco factory Doussin, his mother was Franziska Ury, née Schlesinger. Else Ury, the children’s book author of – a.o. the “Nesthäkchen” books – was Hans Ury’s sister.

 

Education and Places of Work

Hans Ury studied medicine at the Friedrich-Wilhelms University in Berlin, where he passed his state examination on 22 February 1895. He received his doctorate on 22 February 1895 with the thesis “Ein Fall von mal perforant du pied”. He obtained his licence to practise medicine in 1896.

Dissertation, Berlin 1895, <br> Archive H Je
Dissertation, Berlin 1895,
Archive H Je

Ury was an employee of Ismar Boas and temporarily worked at his polyclinic and private clinic for gastrointestinal diseases. He also worked and did research for a while at the chemical laboratory of the Institute of Pathology at the Charité under Ernst Salkowski in 1905. He compiled numerous papers and summaries of the German-language specialist literature on gastroenterology, hepatology and metabolic diseases for the Archiv für Verdauungskrankheiten (“Boas Archiv”) from 1910.

Ury actively participated in the First World War and accompanied one of the first military trains to France as a military doctor.

Ury successfully ran a highly respected practice for gastrointestinal and metabolic diseases from 1903, which later included X-ray diagnostics. The practice was initially located at Kaiserdamm, later for many years at Kantstrasse 30 in Berlin, where he also lived with his mother and his sister, Else Ury. He also ran his own polyclinic in the Prenzlauer Berg district. Ury was interested in music, played the violin, and was member of a string quartet.

His health insurance licence was revoked after 1933.

 

1937

Hans Ury committed suicide in Berlin on 7 September 1937. He was buried at the Jewish Cemetery Berlin-Weissensee. His tomb is located in urn field III.

Memorial stone, Jewish cemetery Berlin-Weissensee, photograph Carolyn Naumann
Memorial stone, Jewish cemetery Berlin-Weissensee, photograph Carolyn Naumann

Hans Ury’s sister, the writer Else Ury, was murdered in Auschwitz in January 1943. His second sister Käthe Heymann, née Ury, fled to the Netherlands. She was detained at the Westerbork camp in April 1943, later transported to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, and then to the Theresienstadt ghetto. From there she was deported to Auschwitz on 28 October 1944, where she was murdered. Hans Ury’s brother, the lawyer and judicial councillor Dr. jur. Ludwig Ury, was able to flee from Germany to London.

Publications

  1. Numerous contributions on the German-language publications from the field of the new speciality of gastroenterology in the paper section of the Archiv für Verdauungskrankheiten ("Boas Archive") since 1913.
  2. Zur Methodik des quantitativen Nachweises von Fäulnis- und Gärungsprodukten in den Faeces. Arch Verdauungskr 1905; 11: 242-61
  3. Zur Theorie der Bitterwasserwirkung. Arch Verdauungskr 1913; 19: 293-295
  4. Über den Durchfall. Arch Verdauungskr 1928; 43: 459-481 (Ismar Boas zum 70. Geburtstag)

Sources and Further Reading
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Sources/Literature/Weblinks

Biographie of Dr. med. Hans Ury

Bibliography

  • Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. Ury H. Dissertation: Ein Fall von mal perforant du pied. Berlin 1895. BSB, Diss. med. 273-71: 31
  • Persönliche Auskünfte Marianne Brentzel an den Verfasser Harro Jenss 2012
  • Reichsmedizinalkalender 1937. Digitale Sammlung der ZB Medizin – Informationszentrum für Lebenswissenschaften. Im Internet: https://digital.zbmed.de/medizingeschichte/periodical/structure/4948689

Literature

  • Asper B, Kempin H, Münchmeyer-Schöneberg B. Wiedersehen mit Nesthäkchen. Else Ury aus heutiger Sicht. Berlin: text verlag edition berlin 2007
  • Brentzel M. Mir kann doch nichts geschehen. Das Leben der Nesthäkchen-Autorin Else Ury. Berlin: Edition Ebersbach 2007
  • Grunenberg A. Die Welt war so heil. Die Familie der Else Ury. Chronik eines jüdischen Schicksals. Berlin: Ullstein Buchverlage 2006: 35f., 42-47, 76f.
  • Schwoch R. Berliner Jüdische Kassenärzte und ihr Schicksal im Nationalsozialismus. Ein Gedenkbuch. Berlin: Hentrich & Hentrich Verlag 2009: 872f.

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