Hirsch, Rahel

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Hirsch, Rahel Gender: F
born on 15 September 1870 at 05:15 (= 05:15 AM )
Place Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 50n07, 8e40
Timezone LMT m8e40 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 22°07' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 20°44 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 17°36'

Rahel Hirsch (circa 1913)


German doctor at the Charité medical school in Berlin, who, in 1913, became the first woman in the Kingdom of Prussia to be appointed a professor in medicine.

Rahel Hirsch was one of eleven children of Mendel Hirsch (1833–1900), the director of the girls' school of the Jewish religious community in Frankfurt am Main. Mendel's father, Rahel's paternal grandfather, was the eminent rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch.

From 1885 to 1889, Rahel Hirsch studied for her degree in education in Wiesbaden; she then worked until 1898 as a teacher. After her doctorate she became assistant to Friedrich Kraus at the Charité.

Since she was Jewish, the takeover by the Nazis meant she could no longer practise medicine. In October 1938 she moved to London, where one of her sisters lived. Since her degree was not recognized by the British, she worked as a laboratory assistant and later as a translator.

She spent her last years plagued by depression, delusions and persecutory fears. She died in a mental hospital on the outskirts of London on 6 October 1953, aged 83.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth registry entry from Hesse Archives.


  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Depression
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Mental Illness
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 83)
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher
  • Vocation : Medical : Physician
  • Vocation : Science : Other Science (Laboratory assistant)
  • Vocation : Writers : Translator
  • Notable : Famous : First in Field