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Studies and Rabbinical Ordination

Zvi Asaria-Hermann Helfgott began his studies at the rabbinical seminary in Sarajevo. Afterwards he studied at the rabbinical seminary in Vienna, while learning Philosophy at the city’s university. In 1938 after the Anschluss (the annexation of Austria by Germany), Helfgott was forced to flee Vienna and complete his studies in Budapest. In 1940, Helfgott was ordained as a rabbi and received his Ph.D. He began to work as a communal rabbi in Yugoslavia.

Klonimus and Chana-Rachel Helfgott, Hermann Helfgott’s parents, 4 December 1943 Helfgott with his family: at the sides – his sisters, Sarah and Sima; standing with a tie – Helfgott. Next to Helfgott – his mother, Chana-Rachel, and his father, Klonimus. Standing, left – his brother, Avraham Certificate of rabbinical ordination for Rabbi Dr. Hermann Helfgott from the rabbinical seminary in Budapest Ph.D. certificate from the University of Vienna, presented to Dr. Asaria-Helfgott, 1938 Ph.D. certificate from the University of Budapest, presented to Dr. Asaria-Helfgott Certificate in Hebrew from the rabbinical seminary in Budapest confirming the rabbinical ordination of Hermann Helfgott Certificate in German from the rabbinical seminary in Budapest confirming the rabbinical ordination of Hermann Helfgott, 1940