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6 February 1933

Certificate confirming Albert Friedländer‘s admission to the German Chemical Society of Berlin

Dr. Albert Friedländer, a Nuremberg chemist, became an associate member of the German Chemical Society (DChG) on 6 February 1933. He was sixty-five at the time and had had a successful managerial career at various chemical/pharmaceutical companies. In addition, he held several patents for chemical processes.

Three months after Friedländer was admitted to the DChG, members of its general assembly forced the president, Alfred Wohl, and vice-president, Arthur Rosenheim, to resign—both were Jewish. In the ensuing period other Jewish members, including Albert Friedländer, were expelled and Jewish staff members were dismissed from the society‘s affiliat.

Lea Weik

Categorie(s): associations | Nuremberg | scholars
Certificate confirming Albert Friedländer‘s admission to the German Chemical Society, Berlin, 6 February 1933
Gift of Melanie Bruce

Albert Friedländer

Albert Friedländer tried his utmost to leave Germany. After his son Heinz managed to emigrate to South Africa in 1936, Albert attempted to join him there with his daughter Jula. In February 1939, father and daughter received a temporary entry permit for the country, but a lack of money and delays on the part of the authorities thwarted their plans.

In late October 1941 Albert and Jula Friedländer were deported from Berlin to Łódź, where all trace of them was lost.

Albert Friedländer, Nuremberg, around 1930
Gift of Melanie Bruce