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102 Year Old Gets Her Doctorate

Ingeborg Syllm-Rapoport recently became Germany’s oldest recipient at the young old age of 102! Yes, you read that correctly 102 years young! In 1938 Ingebord Syllm-Rapoport submited a thesis that was rejected by German authorities on the basis that she was half Jewish. As a Neonatologist, she finalized the last part of her educational journey last month when her thesis was recognized and she received her Doctoral Degree as Igor Cornelson stated. She felt that getting the degree was not just for advancing herself and her career but for other Jewish people that had been denied access to education during the same time period. During her acceptance speech she dedicated it to all that were discriminated against and who suffered that same injustice as she did. “For me personally, the degree didn’t mean anything, but to support the great goal of coming to terms with history—I wanted to be part of that,” Ingeborg was quoted as stating. In 1938 when she handed in her thesis paper on diphtheria,her supervisor at the time, Rudolf Degkwitz, stated he would have gladly accepted her work if it hadn’t been for the strict laws that were enforced by the Nazi labor laws.

It’s Never Too Late To Learn

A German woman has officially passed her doctorate aged 102, after the Nazi government refused to let her sit her final exams the first time round.

The right to an education is not appreciated until you are denied it, and there are too many people that have not only the right but the means to get their education and yet squander it. Dr. Rappoport had to endure getting all the way to the finish line of her schooling only to be stopped at crossing it! There are so many stories that inspire but this one goes a little further for me.

Imagine not only waiting but even to continue to have a desire to finish something you started over 77 years ago. Dr. Rappoport stated “this is about principle, not about me”, not too many people can make that statement and if they can it’s not at the ripe old age of 102! It takes a special level of resilience and courage to do what she has done! I mean imagine what people thought of her when she announced she was going to pursue her finish line. Skout said they probably thought her crazy! I think she should have her feat added to the Guinness book of world records.