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PhD from the US? "Dr." is verboten!
Posted by: McQ on Friday, March 14, 2008

Have a US PhD?

Want to end up in jail in Germany?

Just go around while there referring to yourself as "Doctor":
Americans with PhDs beware: Telling people in Germany that you're a doctor could land you in jail.

At least seven U.S. citizens working as researchers in Germany have faced criminal probes in recent months for using the title "Dr." on their business cards, Web sites and resumes. They all hold doctoral degrees from elite universities back home.

Under a little-known Nazi-era law, only people who earn PhDs or medical degrees in Germany are allowed to use "Dr." as a courtesy title.

The law was modified in 2001 to extend the privilege to degree-holders from any country in the European Union. But docs from the United States and anywhere else outside Europe are still forbidden to use the honorific. Violators can face a year behind bars.
Frankly, given the participation of a particular one on this blog, I have to say the law seems to make sense.
 
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given the participation of a particular one on this blog, I have to say the law seems to make sense.
Hahahahahaha... I concur!
 
Written By: Jon Herstad
URL: http://idioten.blogspot.com/
My business card doesn’t contain the title "Dr." I don’t like titles. It does have "Ph.D." and "Professor of Political Science. I think those are still is allowed. Of course the little swastika in the corner might cause problems...JUST JOKING!
 
Written By: Scott Erb
URL: http://faculty.umf.maine.edu/~erb/blog.htm
Boris does stand-up comedy:
My business card doesn’t contain the title "Dr." I don’t like titles. It does have "Ph.D." and "Professor of Political Science.["]
Well, Boris, even though you "don’t like titles," you show an admirable willingness to compromise.
 
Written By: Martin McPhillips
URL: http://mcphillips.blogspot.com/

 
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