City of Frankfurt Celebrates 50th Anniversary of “speyer House”

In a solemn academic assembly, the University and the City of Frankfurt celebrated the jubilee of “Georg Speyer House,” which Mrs. Franziska Speyer of the local Jewish banking family founded just fifty years ago to put at the disposal of Prof. Paul Ehrlich the world’s first scientific institute for research in the field of chemotherapy.

In memory of her late husband Georg, Mrs. Speyer provided a gift of several million gold marks, an unprecedentedly munificent endowment by pre-World War I standards. Here Dr. Ehrilich, founding father of chemotherapy as well as of modern haematology and the first Nobel laureate of German Jewry who refused to submit to baptism in exchange for a German professorship, discovered salvarsan.

Until his death in 1915, Dr. Ehrlich headed “Georg Speyer House.” On the grounds of “Georg Speyer House” an institute for polio research and for the testing of polio serum is now going up.

NEXT STORY