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Jewish Medical Resistance in the Holocaust

Edited by Michael A. Grodin
Foreword by Joseph Polak
Afterword by Yulian Rafes

328 pages, 15 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78238-417-5 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (September 2014)

ISBN  978-1-78533-348-4 $29.95/£21.00 Pb Published (November 2016)

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“The 20 chapters in this four-part volume are well researched, based extensively on primary sources, and highly readable. This book should be read by anyone interested in understanding more about resistance to the Holocaust and the complex roles that medicine played in defying the genocidal intentions of the ‘Final Solution’.” · Choice

“The essays in this volume are of uniform quality… [It] is must read for any scholars interested in the complex and often contradictory details of medicine in the world of the Holocaust.” · Modern Judaism

“[This book] is more than simply a medical story. It is one of the most heroic and moving accounts of the Holocaust this reviewer has ever read.” · Jewish Book Council Review

“[Grodin] compiled a fascinating series of articles documenting a little-known aspect of the Holocaust: medical resistance by Jewish physicians and health care workers… The articles cover a wide range of topics related to health care… [and] are fascinating to read. They inspire both compassion for those affected and awe of the courage of the health care professionals who risked their own lives to assist and save fellow Jews. Their sanctification of life, the core Jewish value, is duly honoured here. Libraries supporting programs in medical history, Holocaust studies, and bioethics will definitely want this book for their collections.” · Association of Jewish Libraries Reviews

“[A] brilliant scholarly piece of work, very well written, underpinned with rich sources. The list of authors - some of them survivors, or children of survivors - is impressive… The book covers a hitherto fairly new and unknown chapter on the Holocaust… The stories of these physicians can serve as a model for future generations of doctors on how to preserve humaneness, morality and loyalty to the basic ethical principles of medicine in a deeply inhumane and destructive environment.” · Christian Pross, Zentrum Überleben

“This is an interesting and important publication on Jewish medical resistance, a subject rarely covered in the literature on the Holocaust… the overall amount of information, the variety of approaches and the general insight given into this emotionally laden topic makes this volume unique and outstanding. And while the personal accounts as well as the scholarly data paint the picture of horrific suffering, they also leave the reader with hope in the realization of the nurses’ and doctors’ determination to alleviate suffering even under near impossible circumstances.” · Sabine Hildebrandt, Harvard Medical School

Faced with infectious diseases, starvation, lack of medicines, lack of clean water, and safe sewage, Jewish physicians practiced medicine under severe conditions in the ghettos and concentration camps of the Holocaust. Despite the odds against them, physicians managed to supply public health education, enforce hygiene protocols, inspect buildings and latrines, enact quarantine, and perform triage. Many gave their lives to help fellow prisoners. Based on archival materials and featuring memoirs of Holocaust survivors, this volume offers a rich array of both tragic and inspiring studies of the sanctification of life as practiced by Jewish medical professionals. More than simply a medical story, these histories represent the finest exemplification of a humanist moral imperative during a dark hour of recent history.

Michael A. Grodin, M.D. is Professor of Health Law, Bioethics, and Human Rights at the Boston University School of Public Health, where he is also Director of the Project on Medicine and the Holocaust, and Senior Faculty at the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies and the Division of Religious and Theological Studies. As a practicing physician, Dr. Grodin has been named one of America’s Top Physicians and has received a national Humanism in Medicine Award for “compassion and empathy in the delivery of care to patients and their families.” An internationally recognized scholar on the Holocaust, Dr. Grodin has received a special citation from the United State Holocaust Memorial Museum for “profound contributions- through original and creative research – to the cause of Holocaust education and remembrance.”

Subject: Genocide Studies WWII History
Area: Europe



Contents

Foreword
Joseph Polak

Preface
Michael A. Grodin & Allan Nadler

Acknowledgments

Introduction
Michael A. Grodin

PART I: HYGIENE AND DISEASE CONTAINMENT AS RESISTANCE

Chapter 1. The Epidemiological Status and Health Care Administration of the Jews Before and During the Holocaust
Jacob Jay Lindenthal

Chapter 2. Typhus Epidemic Containment as Resistance to Nazi Genocide
Naomi Baumslag and Barry Shmookler

Chapter 3. Delousing and Resistance During the Holocaust
Paul Weindling

PART II: ORGANIZED HEALTH CARE IN THE GHETTOS

Chapter 4. Courage Under Siege: Starvation, Disease and Death in the Warsaw Ghetto
Charles G. Roland

Chapter 5. Jewish Medical Resistance in the Warsaw Ghetto
Myron Winick

Chapter 6. Health Care in the Vilna Ghetto
Solon Beinfeld

Chapter 7. The Jewish Hospital in the Vilna Ghetto
Alexander Sedlis

Chapter 8. The Establishment of a Public Health Service in the Vilna Ghetto
Steven Sedlis

Chapter 9. Medicine in the Kovno Ghetto
Jack Brauns

Chapter 10. Medicine in the Shavli Ghetto – In Light of the Newly Discovered Diary of Dr. Aaron Pik
Miriam Offer

Chapter 11. The Nursing School in the Warsaw Ghetto
Aleksander Blum

Chapter 12. A Tribute to an Old-Fashioned Pharmacist
Lily Mazur Margules

PART III: MEDICINE IN THE CAMPS

Chapter 13. Jewish Medical Resistance in Block 10, Auschwitz
Claude Romney

Chapter 14. Greek Jews in Auschwitz: Doctors and Victims
Yitzchak Kerem

Chapter 15. The Kinderheim of Bergen-Belsen
Diane Plotkin

Chapter 16. Memoirs of Heroic Deeds by Jewish Medical Personnel in the Camps
Isak Arbus

Chapter 17. Felix Bachmann’s Medical Memoir of Terezin Concentration Camp
Oliver B. Pollak

PART IV: WARTIME ACTIVITIES AND OTHER AREAS

Chapter 18. Doctors Saving Jews in Dniepropetrovsk During the Nazi Occupation
Alexander and Arkady Bielostotzk

Chapter 19. Crimean Doctors: Victims of Holocaust and Heroes of Resistance
Gitel Gubenko

Chapter 20. Jewish Medics in the Soviet Partisan Movement in the Ukraine
Ster Elisvatski

Afterword: The Ethical and Human Dimension of Jewish Medical Resistance During the Holocaust
Yulian Rafes

Photos
About the Editor
List of Contributors
Credits
Index

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