Commemoration of the German Society of Gastroenterology
Commemorative Work

The Initiative

The exclusion, persecution and expulsion of the DGSV's Jewish members during the Nazi regime was kept quiet for far too long. This changed when the society began to commemorate Ismar Boas in the early 1990s. The DGVS has since been dedicated to shed light on this dark period of its history.

Project Origin

The DGVS understands the commemoration of its Jewish members from 1932/1933 as ongoing. The compilation of the biographies offers an open place for remembrance, shaped by an ongoing work process. The sources on the individual members who were excluded vary greatly; additions – in the form of further research, new findings, and corrections – are necessary and most welcome.


I always found the term Emigrants wrong. The term refers to people leaving their country. But we did not emigrate based on ON OUR OWN FREE WILL, choosing another country. Nor did we emigrate to another country in order to stay, possibly forever. But we fled. We are displaced, exiled. And the country that accepted us shall not be a home, but AN EXILE.

Bertolt Brecht, 1937

Overview of the Biographies