Villa Wassermann

While in Bamberg in July and October, I met again with Dr. med .dent. Matthias Hochmuth and his wife, the admirable new owners and restorers of the house, who wish to establish a small museum in the basement of the house, to remember the Wassermann family and Bank.

The problem of an emergency escape to the strong room with the Bank's safes in the basement has been solved, so that the projected museum can now be placed there.

The location may have historical signi- ficance, because it is rumoured that the Bavarian State assets were placed in the main safe when the Bavarian governmen had to flee from Munich to Bamberg in April 1918 and rule the country from there for about four months. This has yet to be confirmed by research.

Building work will commence early in 2003 and should be completed by the spring of 2004.

The Hochmuths have asked me to prepare a concept for the Museum, provide exhibits and write some of the texts.

The two panels outlining the history of the Wassermann Bank and the history of the house will be placed in a prominent place in the museum, instead of in the foyer of the house, as originally planned.


August von Wassermann

I missed an important article in my last Letter about the great Bambergborn Jewish Doctor and biochemist, a scion of the Banking family. The article, taking up half a page, is of interest for two reasons; firstly because it describes Was- sermann’s researches in fields other than Serology for which he is not generally known. Secondly, because the piece was written by the internist Professor Alexander Nogaler, Bamberg, one of the new Russian members of the Jewish community.

(See FT 15 September 2001,

“Wassermann: großer Name in der Medi- zingeschichte”).



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