102 year old women gets Phd blocked by Nazis

Women aged 102, completes degree denied her by Nazis 77 years ago

102 year old women gets Phd blocked by Nazis

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Ingeborg Syllm-Rapoport wasn't allowed to defend her doctoral thesis in 1938 under the Nazis. Nearly eight decades later, she became Germany's oldest recipient of a doctorate at age 102 on Tuesday.

The neonatologist, a specialist in caring for newborns, cleared the final hurdle last month by passing an oral exam.

Her PhD thesis had been in the field of diphtheria. In order to prepare for the test, she enlisted the help of friends to catch up on 80-years worth of new developments in the subject.

Three professors from Hamburg University’s medical faculty travelled to her sitting room in East Berlin where the test was held, Euronews reported.

“She was brilliant, and not only for her age, said Uwe Koch-Gromus, the dean of the facility.
“We were impressed with her intellectual alertness, and left speechless by her expertise – also with regard to modern medicine,” he added.

“It was a matter of principle,” Ingeborg said. “I didn’t want to defend my thesis for my own sake. After all, at the age of 102 all of this wasn’t exactly easy for me. I did it for the victims [of the Nazis].”

Previously, the mother of four had already been given a national prize her work in dramatically reducing infant mortality in East Germany.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 10 Haziran 2015, 14:50