Anneliese Korner-Kalman, Stanford professor who fled Nazis

Anneliese Korner-Kalman, a Stanford University professor emeritus who published her memoir of growing up across the street from Adolf Hitler, died March 4 at her home in Palo Alto. She was 91.

A clinical and development psychologist, her 35-year career at Stanford School of Medicine focused on the study of full-term and preterm infants. She developed an observational instrument to assess the neurobehavioral maturity of preterm infants — a tool used around the world.

Korner-Kalman was born in Munich, Germany, in 1918. Concerned about the growing wave of anti-Semitism in the country, her parents sent her to Switzerland at the age of 16. There, she studied with well-known child psychologist Jean Piaget at the Jean-Jacques Rousseau Institute in Geneva.

She earned her Ph.D. at Columbia  before working as a clinical psychologist.

After retiring in 1994, Korner published her autobiography, “Across the Street from Adolf Hitler.” The 2002 book chronicles her experience growing up near Hitler’s private residence, witnessing discrimination against Jewish people and being interrogated by the Gestapo in connection with the arrest of a young friend, at the age of 15. Korner-Kalman is survived by her daughter, Sue Kalman, son-in-law Ray Persico and grandsons Joseph and David Persico. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Sumner (Kal) Kalman.

Arrangements for a memorial service were pending. Those interested can e-mail Sue Kalman at [email protected]

Donations may be made to Planned Parenthood of Mar Monte ( or Doctors Without Borders (