Dr. med. Johann Lewinski
- Glogau/Głogów, Lower Silesia, Poland, 13.12.1878
- London, 13.06.1940
- Member since 1926
- Escaped to England in 1939
- Specialist in gastrointestinal and metabolic diseases in private practice
Johann Lewinski was born in Glogau in 1878 as the son of the lawyer Eduard Lewinski.
Education and Places of Work
After attending school in Breslau/Wrocław, Lewinski took up medical studies at the University of Wrocław in April 1898. He moved to Munich for one semester after having taken the preliminary medical exams. He then returned to the University of Wrocław, where he passed the state examination on 30 January 1903 and received his doctorate the same year with the thesis “Beobachtungen über den Gehalt des Blutplasmas an Serumalbumin, Serumglobulin und Fibrinogen”. He had written his thesis under Albert Hürthle in the chemical laboratory of the Institute of Physiology at Wroclaw University. He received his licence to practise medicine the same year.
Lewinski began his training in internal medicine at the Department of Internal Medicine at the Friedrichshain Municipal Hospital in Berlin. The further stations of his training are as yet unknown.
Lewinski was a specialist in gastrointestinal and metabolic diseases in Mainz. His licence to practise medicine was revoked on 30 September 1938. From this point on, he was only permitted to treat Jewish patients in Mainz as a so-called “Krankenbehandler” (Nazi terminology for a Jewish doctor allowed to treat Jewish patients only). Johann Lewinski still received an “identification card” in Mainz as late as January 1939, which listed his occupation as “Krankenbehandler”.
Escape to England in 1939
Lewinski fled to England in 1939 and lived in Tunbridge Wells, County of Kent in October 1939. He was exempt from internment as an enemy alien.
Johann Lewinski committed suicide in Westminster, London, where he died on 13 June 1940 at the age of 61.
We are grateful to the Zentralarchiv zur Erforschung der Geschichte der Juden in Deutschland (Central archive for the research of the history of Jews in Germany) Heidelberg, for the permission to reprint Dr. Johann Lewinski’s identity card. We are grateful to Dr. F. Teske, Municipal Archive Mainz, for the information provided on 12 May 2021.