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Gendering the Study of Germanophone Refugee Classicists

By Judith P. Hallett

This paper draws and builds on Hans-Peter Obermayer’s monumental study of German refugee scholars in American exile (2014) by considering the difficulties encountered by Jewish women classical scholars who fled to the US from Nazi-occupied Europe. While Obermayer’s book devotes considerable space to two female classical archaeologists, Margarete Bieber and Elisabeth Jastrow, he does not closely examine the careers of three women philologists who also figure in his volume: Eva (Lehmann) Fiesel (1891-1937); Vera Lachmann (1904-1985); and Gabrielle Schoepflich Hoeningswald (1912-2001).