Ernst Levy Photo

Ernst Levy

Born: Dec 23, 1881

Death: Sep 14, 1968

Birthplace: Berlin

Nationality: Germany

Ernst Levy

Date of Birth : Dec 23, 1881
Date of Death : Sep 14, 1968
Birth Place : Berlin

Ernst Levy was a German American legal scholar and historian of law. He was a Professor of Roman Law at the Goethe University Frankfurt and the University of Heidelberg. 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. 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. 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.

Awards Won


  • Guggenheim Fellowship for Social Sciences, US & Canada
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