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Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Event Archive

1st Wilhelm Levison Memorial Lecture: From Düsseldorf to Durham: Wilhelm Levison and his Contemporaries

16th December 2008, 19:15, Dr Letha Boehringer, Cologne Archives

Wilhelm Levison, born in Düsseldorf in 1876 of a Jewish family, was one of the greatest historians of the early middle ages. Lecturer at Bonnin 1903 and professor in 1909, the Nuremberg laws of 1935 forced him as a Jew to resign his chair, and in November 1938 he was debarred from the use of libraries. In early 1939, Durham University, which had in 1931 awarded him an honorary doctorate, offered him a fellowship. In April 1939 he and his wife Elsa moved to Durham where he continued his research until his death in 1947 and prepared for publication his most important work, England and the Continent in the Eighth Century. He and his wife are buried in the Bow Cemetery.