Ernst Levy (jurist)

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Ernst Levy
Born (1881-12-23)23 December 1881
Berlin, Prussia
Died 14 September 1968(1968-09-14) (aged 86)
Davis, California
Nationality German American
Alma mater Humboldt University of Berlin
Spouse(s) Zerline Wolff (m. 1909)
Children Wolfgang (1910 - 2001) , Brigitte (1912–1981)
Scientific career
Fields History of law
Doctoral advisor Emil Seckel

Ernst Levy (23 December 1881 – 14 September 1968) was a German American legal scholar and historian of law. He was a Professor of Roman Law at the Goethe University Frankfurt (1919–1928) and the University of Heidelberg (1928–1935).[1] Being Jewish, he was forced to retire in 1935, and decided to emigrate from Nazi Germany to the United States. At the University of Washington, he was a Professor of Law and History from 1937 to 1952.[2]

Born in Berlin, Levy studied law at the University of Freiburg and the Humboldt University of Berlin, earning his doctorate under Emil Seckel in 1906.[3] He briefly worked at the Amtsgericht in Oranienburg, and served in World War I, before earning a professorship in Frankfurt. Due to the Nuremberg Laws he had to retire in 1935, and then moved to the United States.


  1. ^ Simon, Dieter (1989). "Ernst Levy". In Diestelkamp, Bernhard; Stolleis, Michael. Juristen an der Universität Frankfurt am Main (in German). Baden-Baden: Nomos. pp. 94ff. ISBN 3789018325. 
  2. ^ Stiefel, Ernst C.; Mecklenburg, Frank (1991). Deutsche Juristen im amerikanischen Exil (1933–1950) (in German). Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck. pp. 51–52. ISBN 3161456882. 
  3. ^ Epstein, Catherine (1993). A Past Renewed: A Catalog of German-Speaking Refugee Historians in the United States After 1933. Cambridge University Press. pp. 190–191. ISBN 0521440637. 

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