Goldschmidt studied philosophy, German and classical philology in Jena and Göttingen , where he also received his doctorate in 1921. As early as 1917 he started as a laborer at the university library in Jena , in 1919 he went to the university library in Göttingen , where he did his training as a trainee from 1921. After he was on leave of absence from the Giessen University Library , he passed the specialist examination in 1923 and was subsequently taken on as a library assessor in Göttingen. Further professional stations were the University Library Marburg (1923-1925), the State and University Library Königsberg (1925-1932) and theMünster University Library from 1932.
In the final phase of the First World War, Goldschmidt was a member of the nationalist German Fatherland Party . In 1920 he exposed himself in essays as a representative of the stab in the back legend .
In 1933 he was forced to retire due to "non-Aryan descent" due to the National Socialist law to restore the civil service . He emigrated to Switzerland, where from 1934 to 1949 he was in charge of cataloging the medieval medical manuscripts of the university libraries in Switzerland.
In 1949 he returned to the Federal Republic of Germany as a library councilor at the University Library of Münster. In 1952 he became first librarian there, retroactively from April 1, 1934. Goldschmidt was retired in 1959. Since 1964 he lived in Rome.
- Ed .: Heliodori carmina quattuor ad fidem codicis Casselani, Giessen: Töpelmann 1923.
- Heliodor's poem on alchemy . In: Studies on the history of chemistry: Festgabe für Edmund O. v. Lippmann; For the 70th birthday offered from near and far and on behalf of the German Society for the History of Medicine and the Natural Sciences, Berlin: Springer, 1927, pp. 21-27.
- Manuscrits d'Allemagne, d'Autriche, de Danemark, de Hollande et de Suisse: en appendice, 2 vol., Bruxelles: Secretariat administratif de l'UAI 1932 (Catalog des manuscrits alchimiques grecs; 4).
- The origin of alchemy . In: Ciba magazine; 5.1938,57, pp. 1950-1983.
- Medieval alchemy . In: Ciba magazine; 6.1939, 65, pp. 2234-2268.
- Medicine in old Basel and the medical manuscripts of the Basel University Library . In: Contributions to the history of natural sciences and technology in Basel, Olten [u. a.]: Graf , pp. 15-22.
- Ed .: The scientific and legal estate of Anton Matthias Sprickmann, Münster: Univ.-Bibl. 1979.
- Elsbeth Gröne: In memory of Günther Goldschmidt , in: Sabine Happ / Veronika Jüttermann (eds.): "Everything is so completely destroyed in one fell swoop". Victims of National Socialism at the University of Münster . Aschendorff, Münster 2018, pp. 969–979.
- Alexandra Habermann et al: Lexicon of German Scientific Librarians 1925–1980 , Frankfurt a. M .: Klostermann 1985, ISBN 3-465-01664-5 , pp. 97-98.
- Elsbeth Gröne: In memory of Günther Goldschmidt , in: Sabine Happ / Veronika Jüttermann (eds.): "Everything is so completely destroyed in one fell swoop". Victims of National Socialism at the University of Münster . Aschendorff, Münster 2018, p. 971.
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Goldschmidt, Günther Moritz Oskar|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German librarian|
|DATE OF BIRTH||May 21, 1894|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Gotha|
|DATE OF DEATH||February 18, 1980|
|Place of death||Rome|