Dr. Holger Aulepp Foundation

Since 25 May 2022, the Dr. Holger Aulepp Foundation, named after its founder, the former Head Physician of the Borkum Riff Rehabilitation Clinic, Dr. Holger Aulepp, has been funding excavation excursions and stays in Israel by doctoral and other students of Protestant theology under the umbrella of the Bonn University Foundation.

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The mission of the foundation is to promote science, research and adult and vocational education, including support for students of the Old Testament, Judaical history and early Christianity in Antiquity. This mission rests upon the scientific and academic disciplines of archeology, philology, the artistic, economic and social history of antiquity and numismatics, among others.

In the founder’s comments in this regard he underscored how scientific inquiry must always take as its basis real spatial factors and real historical events. “The foundation was formed with this chiefly in mind as an organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the education of students,” said Aulepp, “as individuals relatively new to the academic study of theology.” “I decided to form this foundation primarily out of gratitude for the privilege of studying medicine at this university, and for my later studies of the Hebrew Bible in extended dialogue with Dr. Graupner of the Faculty of Protestant Theology.” Dr. Aulepp noted how fulfilling it is to now have actually formed this foundation.


Dr. Holger Aulepp was born in Mühlhausen in the German state of Thüringia. After studying human medicine at the University of Bonn he held medical intern and research assistant positions at the University of Bonn at various stations. Dr. Aulepp completed studies in his field of medical specialization at the University of Cologne Dermatology Clinic. After working as physician in various capacities, including a lengthy stint at the German Center for Medical Diagnostics (DKD), he became a Head Physician of the Department of Dermatology and Allergology at Borkum Riff Rehabilitation Clinic (under the federal employee social security administration – BfA) on the North Sea island of Borkum, before becoming Directing Physician there. Now in retirement he devotes his time to the study of ancient Hebrew and the Old Testament, and has funded two student excursions to Israel.

Dr. Aulepp is already putting substantial funds into the foundation in trust (non-posthumously), and has bequeathed his estate to the foundation for furthering of the foundation’s objectives over a period of 20 or more years beyond his decease.

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Funded Excursions

Get an insight into the excavation excursions in Israel funded by the Foundation.

Voices on the Foundation

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Michael Hoch

The Rector of the University praised the altruistic act of creating the foundation, commenting on how important knowledge and scientific-academic study are for its founder:

“Gifting funds to create a thing of lasting benefit beyond the span of one's own lifetime displays an uncommon dedication and a profound connection with our University of Excellence and the people through whom it is realized. To me, this impressive contribution for the benefit of students is indicative of tremendous appreciation of and for the work we do, for which I most sincerely thank the founder.”

Prof. Dr. Rainer Hüttemann

Prof. Dr. Rainer Hüttemann, chair of the University of Bonn Foundation, likewise noted the donor’s generosity:

“It is important to me to talk at length with the donors who create foundations and find out about their motivations for doing so, so that the overarching University of Bonn Foundation can better act in accordance with the founders’ will.” Professor Hüttemann expressed how inspiring Dr. Aulepp’s great enthusiasm is regarding the field to which the foundation is devoted, and how donating one’s wealth for a benevolent foundation is by no means a common occurrence. “We thus see it as our duty to ensure to the best of our ability that the foundation is run in accordance with the intended purposes of Dr. Aulepp.” A church service will be held at the Palace Chapel as a ceremony marking the opening of the foundation at 11 am on June 19, 2022. “All University of Bonn staff and students as well as the general public are cordially invited to attend,” declared Hüttemann.

Prof. Dr. Cornelia Richter

The Dean of the Faculty of Protestant Theology expressed her great gratitude to the founder as well:

“Your foundation will be an enduring instance enabling future generations of students at our faculty to go on excursions to historical sites in Israel. These are essential for young people exploring the roots of the Jewish and Christian creeds to expand the horizons of their theological thought.” The foundation thus truly enriches academic study at the faculty, benefiting students first and foremost.

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 Formation of the Dr. Holger Aulepp Foundation - f.l.t.r.: Antonia Streit, General Management, University of Bonn Foundation, Prof. Dr. Cornelia Richter, Dean, Dr. Holger Aulepp and University of Bonn Rector Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Michael Hoch.


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Prof.'in Dr. Cornelia Richter

Dean of the Faculty of Protestant Theology

Further Information

Antonia Streit


+49 228 73-7011

General Management, University of Bonn Foundation

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