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
Fields History of law
Alma mater Humboldt University of Berlin
Doctoral advisor Emil Seckel
Doctoral students Wolfgang Kunkel
Spouse Zerline Wolff (m. 1909)
Children Wolfgang (1910 - 2001) , Brigitte (1912–1981)

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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