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Singer, Charles (1876-1960): Correspondence relating to Jewish academics in Nazi Germany (microfilm)


Reference code(s): GB 1556 WL 599c

Held at: Wiener Library

Title: Singer, Charles (1876-1960): Correspondence relating to Jewish academics in Nazi Germany (microfilm)

Date(s): 1935-1936

Level of description: Collection level

Extent: 165 frames

Name of creator(s): Singer | Charles Joseph | 1876-1960 | historian of medicine and science


Administrative/Biographical history:

Charles Joseph Singer (MA, DM, D.Litt.,Hon D.Sc., FRCP), born 2 Nov 1876, London; studied University College London, and from 1896-1899 studied zoology at Oxford, graduating BA, BCh.; qualified from St. Mary's Hospital Medical School MRCS LRCP, 1903. He gained other degrees honours during his career: MA MD; FRCP; Honorary DSc. From 1904-1908 Singer held various posts in England and abroad, including Sussex County Hospital; Brighton; Government House, Singapore; Abyssinia (Medical Officer to exhibition); Malta and Salonica, where he trained during the First World War when he served with the Royal Army Medical Corps.

Singer held various posts throughout his career: Registrar to the Cancer Hospital, London; Physician to the Dreadnought Hospital; Lecturer in the history of medicine at University College London, as well as work abroad including Visiting Professor at University of California, Berkeley.


Scope and content/abstract:

Correspondence documenting the concerns of the distinguished academic, Charles Singer and colleagues, in relation to the restrictions on academic freedom in Nazi Germany and in particular the discrimination against non-Aryan professors during the Heidelberg University Jubilee celebrations, 1935. Correspondents include: J.D. Bernal, P.J. Noel Baker, E.M. Forster, Leonard Woolf, C.M. MacInnes, J.R. Marrack, Bishop of Durham, F.M. Powicke, Sir Josiah Stamp, Leonard G. Montefiore, Alfred Wiener, Ephraim Little, Cyril Bailey, Aldous Huxley.


Language/scripts of material: Mostly English

System of arrangement:

The correspondence was not filmed in any particular order. Copy outgoing correspondence of Charles Singer is mixed in with the incoming letters.

Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies can be made for personal use. Permission must be sought for publication.

Physical characteristics:


Finding aids:

Description exists to this archive on the Wiener Library's online catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Singer family


Existence and location of originals:

Wiener Collection, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Existence and location of copies:

Related material:

See also the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine ( Collection No. GB 0120 PP/CJS for further manuscript correspondence of Charles Singer, including material relating to Jewish refugees.

Publication note:



Archivist's note: Entry compiled by Howard Falksohn.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: November 2007

Antisemitism | Racial discrimination
Freedom of thought | Civil and political rights | Human rights
Jews | Religious groups
Refugees | Migrants
Third Reich | Nazism | Totalitarianism | Political doctrines
Interethnic relations

Personal names
Baker | Philip John | Noel- | 1889-1982 | Baron Noel-Baker of the City of Derby | Labour politician and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize x Noel-Baker | Philip John x Baker of the City of Derby | Baron | Noel- x Noel-Baker of the City of Derby | Baron
Bernal | John Desmond | 1901-1971 | physicist
Forster | Edward Morgan | 1879-1970 | novelist and critic
Huxley | Aldous Leonard | 1894-1963 | author
Singer | Charles Joseph | 1876-1960 | historian of medicine and science
Stamp | Josiah Charles | 1880-1941 | 1st Baron Stamp of Shortlands | statistician x Stamp of Shortlands | 1st Baron

Corporate names
University of Heidelberg x Heidelberg University