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A Jewish Physician Amidst the Holocaust

Leonard J. Hoenig, MD
Arch Intern Med. 2000;160(19):2891-2894. doi:10.1001/archinte.160.19.2891.
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On November 27, 1940, in Nazi Germany, a prescription was written by a Jewish physician, Dr Lucie Adelsberger. This article examines that prescription and tells the story of the physician who wrote it. Tracing the fate of Dr Adelsberger throughout the Holocaust, this article describes her ordeal as a prisoner-physician at the Auschwitz concentration camp and her struggles to help sick camp inmates survive under the most brutal of conditions.

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Photograph reprinted courtesy of the Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York, NY (from the file of Helen Juravel, Yaffa Eliach Collection).

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