Felix Klemperer

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Felix Klemperer (born October 9, 1866 in Landsberg an der Warthe ; died April 2, 1932 in Berlin ) was a German internist .


Felix Klemperer was the second oldest son of the reform rabbi Wilhelm Klemperer (1839–1912). He had seven siblings, including the writer and literary scholar Victor Klemperer and the internist Georg Klemperer . The conductor Otto Klemperer was a cousin. Felix Klemperer studied medicine at the Universities of Berlin and Strasbourg , a. a. with Ernst von Leyden and Bernhard Naunyn . He received his doctorate in Berlin in 1889 on the subject of traumatic tabes and was a lecturer in internal medicine at the University of Strasbourg from 1893 to 1899. In 1900 he settled in Berlin as a specialist in throat and breast diseases. From 1921 he was associate professor at the University of Berlin and director of the municipal hospital Berlin-Reinickendorf (now Vivantes Humboldt-Klinikum, location Am Nordgraben). He was a specialist in the field of tuberculosis .

Because of his high international reputation, the Soviet head of state Vladimir Ilyich Lenin , who was seriously ill after an assassination, invited him to Moscow in 1922 , where Klemperer thought he could be treated. Felix's brother Georg was also a doctor with Lenin.

On November 13, 1900, he married Betty Goldschmidt, daughter of the businessman Julius Goldschmidt and his wife Rebecca. The couple had three children, Ilse, Curt and Wolfgang.

Felix Klemperer was buried in the Wilmersdorf cemetery. The grave is no longer preserved. The family was forced to flee. The descendants live in Brazil and the USA.


Klemperer has published a number of specialist medical books. His main work was the textbook pulmonary tuberculosis, its pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment , published in 1920 . In addition, from 1903 to 1907, together with Ernst Viktor von Leyden, he gave the collective work The German Clinic at the Entrance of the Twentieth Century in academic lectures and, from 1928, together with his brother Georg, the multi-volume work New German Clinic: Concise Dictionary of Practical Medicine with special consideration of internal medicine Medicine, paediatrics and their border areas .


  • Isidor Fischer : Biographical lexicon of the outstanding doctors of the last fifty years. Urban & Schwarzenberg, Berlin 1932, Vol. 1, p. 773.

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Individual evidence

  1. Klemperer, Felix: Traumatic Tabes, Inaugural Dissertation, which the author Felix will publicly defend in order to obtain the doctorate in medicine and surgery with the consent of the medical faculty of the Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität zu Berlin on February 19, 1889, along with the attached theses Klemperer . Berlin February 19, 1889.
  2. Ebeling, J. et al .: 15 years of Vivantes. Vivantes - Netzwerk für Gesundheit GmbH, 2016, accessed on February 5, 2019 .
  3. German Doctor Finds Lenin 'Sick, but Not Seriously So'. In: New York Times . April 4, 1922, accessed April 2, 2018.
  4. Marriage register of the Berlin registry offices, registry office Berlin I, II, certificate no. 567, current number 156