My father was able to continue his studies in prison, and, upon release, he was granted his ordination from the Hochschule fuer die Wissenschaft des Judentums. The text shows that he had completed the bulk of his studies by 1933, had served the Jewish community, but was granted the ordination in absentia in 1938, by which time, he was on his way to Czechoslovakia, out of reach, for a while, of the Nazis.
Document of completion of studies for
My father had also personal ordination, which allowed him the authority to deliberate in matters of Jewish law, from his teacher, Dr. Chanoch Albeck. Once again, this traditional "Semikhat Yadaim"(Laying Hands on the head of the student as a sign of ordination) was a matter of distance learning-Dr. Albeck was already in Jerusalem at the time:
I have placed in his hand this document to be testimony for him in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, for great is his ability to stand before the community to serve it, and to stand sacred watch over it,to teach the children of lsrael the way whereby they should go, solely in the path of the Torah which our sages of blessed memory, both the ancient and the recent, have bequeathed us, through whose words we live and from whose waters we drink. May he be deliberate in judgement and examine the texts ,and not rely on memory alone for giving instruction.My prayer is that he never fail in the explication of halakhah and that there never be a stumbling block because of him. May the Lord be with him, and may he go higher and higher in Torah and wisdom. May God desire to grant him success in order to raise high the glory of our people to magnify the Torah and to make it great.
Jerusalem, 22 Heshvon, 5698(October 27, l937)
Years later , I had the privilege of meeting my father's teacher in Jerusalem. He remembered my father for his exceptional mastery of the Hebrew language.
Ten years of Rabbinical study, finally completed, would now be put aside for nearly a decade.